Bottom-up theories of life satisfaction suggest that work satisfaction and overall life satisfaction are positively related to each other because work is a central life domain for most adults. Empirical research has shown that the correlation between work and life satisfaction varies substantially across studies, suggesting that the strength of the relationship may depend on the studied population and its circumstances. In this article, we assess the strength of the relationship in the context of Chile and the moderator effect of self-employment ¿ whether a worker is self-employed or salaried. Based on the idea that work is more central in the life of a self-employed than a salaried worker, we hypothesized that the strength of the relationship between work and life satisfaction will be stronger for the former. The results from a national sample of 658 Chilean workers supported our hypothesis. We also found a small negative direct effect from self-employment on life satisfaction, which suggests that the self-employed might be, on average, less satisfied with their lives than their salaried counterparts.

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Loewe Pujol-Xicoy, Nicolas; Araya Castillo, Luis Andres; Thieme Jara, Claudio; Batista Foguet, Joan M.

Self-employment as a moderator of the relationship between work and life satisfaction

05/2015
Bottom-up theories of life satisfaction suggest that work satisfaction and overall life satisfaction are positively related to each other because work is a central life domain for most adults. Empirical research has shown that the correlation between work and life satisfaction varies substantially across studies, suggesting that the strength of the relationship may depend on the studied population and its circumstances. In this article, we assess the strength of the relationship in the context of Chile and the moderator effect of self-employment ¿ whether a worker is self-employed or salaried. Based on the idea that work is more central in the life of a self-employed than a salaried worker, we hypothesized that the strength of the relationship between work and life satisfaction will be stronger for the former. The results from a national sample of 658 Chilean workers supported our hypothesis. We also found a small negative direct effect from self-employment on life satisfaction, which suggests that the self-employed might be, on average, less satisfied with their lives than their salaried counterparts.
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Self-employment as a moderator of the relationship between work and life satisfaction
Loewe Pujol-Xicoy, Nicolas; Araya Castillo, Luis Andres; Thieme Jara, Claudio; Batista Foguet, Joan M.
Academia: Revista Latinoamericana de Administración
Vol. 28, nº 2, 05/2015, p. 213 - 226

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