Is becoming self-employed a panacea for job satisfaction? Longitudinal evidence from work to self-employment transitions

Georgellis, Yannis and Yusuf, Afees O. (2016) Is becoming self-employed a panacea for job satisfaction? Longitudinal evidence from work to self-employment transitions. Journal of Small Business Management, 54 . pp. 53-76. ISSN 0047-2778. E-ISSN 1540-627X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/jsbm.12292) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Using British longitudinal data, we investigate whether individuals enjoy a permanent boost in their job satisfaction by becoming self-employed. We track individuals before and after transitions from work to self-employment and record changes in their job and domain satisfaction scores. We find that job satisfaction follows a rising trajectory immediately upon transition into self-employment and a declining trajectory in subsequent years, as expectations fail to materialize and the novelty of the new venture wanes down. Thus, our findings confirm that job satisfaction gains are not necessarily permanent, suggesting that self-employment is not always a panacea for job satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Yannis Georgellis
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 12:18 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2018 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54520 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Georgellis, Yannis: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7866-8014
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