Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 407–421 | Cite as

Turnover as a Strategy to Escape Job Insecurity: The Role of Family Determinants in Dual-Earner Couples

  • Florence LebertEmail author
  • Marieke Voorpostel
Original Paper


Job insecurity is a stressful condition with well-known negative consequences. This study investigated the extent to which individuals voluntarily changed jobs as a strategy to cope with job insecurity, taking into account the family context. We tested whether job insecurity promoted voluntary turnover. Family factors were expected to either hamper or stimulate turnover, and to affect the relationship between job insecurity and turnover. Using longitudinal data from the Swiss Household Panel (2004–2013), we showed that men facing job insecurity were more likely to experience voluntary turnover. For women this was only true when they did not have preschool-aged children at home and experienced low levels of economic hardship. Moreover, family factors influenced voluntary turnover differently for men and women: Economic hardship increased the odds of voluntary turnover for men, whereas a partner’s job insecurity lowered the odds for women.


Job insecurity Turnover Dual-earner couples Family Economic hardship Switzerland 



Special thanks go to Prof. Dr. Monica Budowski and all the participants and experts of the doctoral program Prowel: Social Problems and Welfare for their valuable advice.


This study has been realized using the data collected by the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), which is based at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences FORS. The project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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