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Employment insecurity and life satisfaction: The moderating influence of labour market policies across Europe

Carr, Ewan, Chung, Heejung (2014) Employment insecurity and life satisfaction: The moderating influence of labour market policies across Europe. Journal of European Social Policy, 24 (4). pp. 383-399. ISSN 0958-9287. E-ISSN 1461-7269. (doi:10.1177/0958928714538219) (KAR id:43007)


This article tests whether the link between employment insecurity and life satisfaction is moderated by the generosity of labour market policies across Europe. Employment insecurity provokes anxieties about (a) the difficulties of finding a new job and (b) alternative sources of non-work income. These components can be related to active and passive labour market policies, respectively. Generous policy support is thus expected to buffer the negative consequences of employment insecurity by lowering the perceived difficulty of finding a similar job or providing income maintenance during unemployment. Based on data for 22 countries from the 2010 European Social Survey, initial support for this hypothesis is found. Perceived employment insecurity is negatively associated with life satisfaction but the strength of the relationship is inversely related to the generosity of labour market policies. Employment insecurity, in other words, is more harmful in countries where labour market policies are less generous.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0958928714538219
Uncontrolled keywords: Employment insecurity, labour market policies, life satisfaction, moderated impact, multilevel structural equation modelling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: N. Gregory
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2014 08:47 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 09:56 UTC
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