The Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice publishes a new article by Clemens Hetschko and Prof Schöb. In "Modes of Employment and Identity" the two economists review existing literature on the economics of happiness with respect to one of the most important areas of life: work. In particular, they document how different modes of employment, such as unemployment, self-employment or part-time employment affect subjective well-being. In contrast to traditional management research, they mostly rely on studies that use large-scale panel data and measures of happiness other than job satisfaction. This allows them to reveal the important part identity seems to play in the life of workers.
On 25/26 January 2018, IAB Nuremberg, Prof. Ronnie Schöb, Prof. Michael Eid and Dr. Clemens Hetschko will host a two-day workshop on 'Unemployment and Well-being'. The event will bring together speakers from different disciplines such as economics, sociology and psychology, who present their recent research on the workshop's topic, provide new methodological insights and discuss policy implications of their findings. A special highlight will be a keynote by Andrew E. Clark.
If you are interested in presenting your own work, you are invited to submit your paper or extended abstract by 30 September 2017. Please find the official call for papers here. Participation is also open for people who do not present.
In a recently published interview, Clemens Hetschko talks about the consequences of working conditions, job termination and unemployment on subjective well-being. You can find an online version of the article here (in German). The interview accompanies an article by Silke Rautenberg, entitled „Wer ohne Jobzusage kündigt, riskiert viel“ (in German).
The study „The Magic of the New - How Job Changes Affect Job Satisfaction“ will be published in the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), Clemens Hetschko and Adrian Chadi show how voluntary and involuntary job changes affect job satisfaction. It is the first study that extensively analyzes the ‘Honeymoon-Hangover-Effect’ after resignations in a representative sample of employees, while it also shows that unintended job changes neither improve nor worsen employee well-being.
Prof. Ronnie Schöb and Dr. Clemens Hetschko were able to raise DFG funding for a new research project launched in July 2017. The project analyzes the consequences of job search, unemployment and re-employment on individual well-being and health. To this end, workers will participate in a two-year panel survey using a specifically designed, generic smart phone app. The project is conducted jointly with Prof. Gesine Stephan (IAB Nuremberg) and Prof. Michael Eid (Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology). In total, 880.000 Euros of third-party funds are provided by the „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft“ (DFG).