Quality of Life Satisfaction among Workers and Non-Workers in Uruguay
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In this paper we use data from a population survey on quality of life dimensions conducted in Uruguay to analyze the self reported well-being among workers and non workers. Along with the literature, we find that the probability of being happy is greater for workers than non-workers. Specifically, we find evidence that workers tend to be more satisfied with their economic situation and heath, but less content with their leisure time. A number of personal and family characteristics were identified to play a role in explaining the differences in reported satisfaction between the two groups: age, gender, family size, having a life partner. Although, the self reported satisfaction with the family situation seems to be similar for workers and non-workers.
KeywordsQuality of life Happiness Workers Less developed countries Uruguay
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Inter-American Development Bank to conduct the Quality of life satisfaction survey.
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