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Self-employment and life satisfaction among the elderly: survey-based evidence from Sweden
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus university Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies)
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies)
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper compares life satisfaction among the elderly (61 years of age or older) who are self-employed, wage-employed or out of the labour force in Sweden with the help of a unique survey. Sweden is interesting since the share of elderly, just as in other countries, has increased during the last decade. Encouraging the elderly to remain in the labour force is now high on the political agenda. We find that people who are self-employed report higher life satisfaction than people who are wage-employed or out of the labour force. General health is a strong determinant of life satisfaction but the differences among the groups remain when we control for health related variables. Further, the self-employed report higher job satisfaction than the wage-employed, and find their work less mentally stressful. Even though our results are driven by different types of selection, we conclude that they underline the need for a flexible working life. Stimulating self-employment among older people may be an effective way to improve their life satisfaction, to increase Sweden’s labour supply and to keep older people in the labour force.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 32 p.
Series
Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies, 2017:5
Keyword [en]
Self-employment, Ageing, Life satisfaction, Job satisfaction
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economy, Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68642OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68642DiVA: diva2:1155534
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation, 20132002
Available from: 2017-11-08 Created: 2017-11-08 Last updated: 2017-11-13Bibliographically approved

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