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Employment patterns and its influence on the quality of life

Reinke, A. L. (2017) Employment patterns and its influence on the quality of life.

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Abstract:This study explores the subjective wellbeing in relation with the different employment patterns of part-time and fulltime employment. The objective – often the economic consequences – measures are already well established in current research regarding the different decisions towards employment patterns. Therefore, the subjective wellbeing will be in the focus and is measured with the indicators of subjective health status, the perception of satisfaction with life, participation in social activities and the locus of control of the interviewees. It addresses the main question ‘How does the working pattern influence the subjective wellbeing of workers in Germany?’ To answer the question, different hypotheses are constructed and a Chi-square test as well as a regression analysis is used to analyse a survey of the World Values Survey from 2013. The study involved roughly 1000 interviewees and addressed next to the subjective perceptions of wellbeing also objective dimensions. These are used as control variables and are also included in the analysis. The analysis delivered the result that not all the initial dimensions can be related to employment pattern. Thus, only the perceived health status as well as the engagement in social activities is influenced by the employment pattern. Also, the control variables do not always have an influence on the different dimensions. The marital status has an effect on the perceived health status as well as the satisfaction with your life. The satisfaction with the financial situation of the household influences all 4 dimensions and the gender influences only the satisfaction with your life and the engagement in social activities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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