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Self-employment experience effects on well-being: A longitudinal study

Litsardopoulos, Nicholas, Saridakis, George, Georgellis, Yannis, Hand, Chris (2023) Self-employment experience effects on well-being: A longitudinal study. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 44 (2). pp. 454-480. ISSN 0143-831X. E-ISSN 1461-7099. (doi:10.1177/0143831X221086017) (KAR id:93037)

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The notion that self-employed individuals are more satisfied with their jobs than wage-employees has found broad empirical support. Previous research exploring the well-being effects of self-employment typically relies on direct cross-sectional comparisons between wage-employees and self-employed or on longitudinal investigations of transitions in or out of self-employment. In this study, we use individuals’ employment status histories in British longitudinal data to examine how accumulated self-employment experience affects job satisfaction, satisfaction with leisure and satisfaction with income. We find that those with past work experience only as self-employed report higher levels of job satisfaction than those with only as wage-employees. However, individuals with mixed work experience profiles are the most satisfied. This suggests a non-monotonic relationship between self-employment and job satisfaction. Patterns of self-employment experience and other satisfaction domains, such as satisfaction with income or leisure, are more nuanced, differing across gender lines.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0143831X221086017
Uncontrolled keywords: careers; job satisfaction; self-employment; well-being; work histories
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: George Saridakis
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 11:33 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 10:57 UTC
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