Social Indicators Research

, Volume 125, Issue 2, pp 613–633 | Cite as

Economic Crisis and Job Quality in Spain: A Multi-dimensional and Micro-data Empirical Approach

  • Ángel Díaz-Chao
  • Pilar Ficapal-Cusí
  • Joan Torrent-SellensEmail author


Through a representative sample of 9,100 and 8,755 employees in 2008 and 2010, and a using two-stage structural equation model, this article empirically analyses the multi-dimensional determinants (direct effects) of job quality in Spain. The research concludes that: #1 despite the economic crisis, job quality improved over the analysis period; #2 there was a shift in job quality explanation towards a more complete model with greater preponderance of the dimensions connected with the workplace relationships, work intensity, working conditions and work–life balance in detriment to dimensions connected with the intrinsic job quality and extrinsic rewards. These results suggest the importance of the working environment and social relationships, beyond the quality of the workplace, as important tools of employment public policy to improve labor markets and to overcoming the economic crisis.


Job quality Quality of working life Economic crisis Structural equation modelling Micro-data Spain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ángel Díaz-Chao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pilar Ficapal-Cusí
    • 3
  • Joan Torrent-Sellens
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Applied Economics DepartmentRey Juan Carlos UniversityMadridSpain
  2. 2.Internet Interdisciplinary InstituteOpen University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Economics and Business Studies and Internet Interdisciplinary InstituteOpen University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Business School and Internet Interdisciplinary InstituteOpen University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain

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