What Makes for a Good Job? Evidence Using Subjective Wellbeing Data



We study what makes for a good job, by looking at which workplace characteristics are conducive or detrimental to job satisfaction. Using data from 37 countries around the world in the 2015 Work Orientations module of the International Social Survey Programme, we find that having an interesting job and good relationships at work, especially with management, are the strongest positive predictors of how satisfied employees are with their jobs, along with wages. Stressful or dangerous jobs, as well as those that interfere with family life, have the strongest negative correlation with job satisfaction. We discuss implications for firms and other organisations as well as for public policy-makers, and point toward future avenues for research in the area.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of EconomicsLondonUK
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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