nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2020‒03‒09
three papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

  1. Factors Affecting Students' Subjective Well-being: The Relationship between Religion, Cultural Intelligence, Personality Traits and Subjective Well-being (SWB) By Chou I-Wen
  2. The partner pay gap – Associations between spouses’ relative earnings and life satisfaction among couples in the UK By Gash, Vanessa; Plagnol, Anke
  3. Does employee happiness have an impact on productivity? By Bellet, Clement; De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel; Ward, George

  1. By: Chou I-Wen (Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand Author-2-Name: Author-2-Workplace-Name: Author-3-Name: Author-3-Workplace-Name: Author-4-Name: Author-4-Workplace-Name: Author-5-Name: Author-5-Workplace-Name: Author-6-Name: Author-6-Workplace-Name: Author-7-Name: Author-7-Workplace-Name: Author-8-Name: Author-8-Workplace-Name:)
    Abstract: Objective - More and more international students choose to study in international programs in Thai universities. While considering the development of international programs, some schools tend to ignore the psychological pressure and happiness of foreign students during their time in the program. I noticed that some students have mental problems which are unable to be resolved. Methodology/Technique - This paper will analyze the factors of subjective well-being in International Chinese college students, including the relationship between cultural intelligence, personality traits, and subjective well-being (SWB). Finding - This paper concludes that neuroticism has a significant negative impact on International Students' SWB, while openness to experience has a positive impact. Behavioral cultural intelligence has a positive effect on SWB, whilst motivational cultural intelligence has no significant effect. Type of Paper - Empirical
    Keywords: Religion; Cultural Intelligence; Subjective Well-being (SWB); International Chinese College Students; Personality Traits
    JEL: A29 A30 I19
    Date: 2019–12–30
  2. By: Gash, Vanessa; Plagnol, Anke
    Date: 2019
  3. By: Bellet, Clement; De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel; Ward, George
    Abstract: This article provides quasi-experimental evidence on the relationship between employee happiness and productivity in the field. We study the universe of call center sales workers at British Telecom (BT), one of the United Kingdom's largest private employers. We measure their happiness over a 6 month period using a novel weekly survey instrument, and link these reports with highly detailed administrative data on workplace behaviors and various measures of employee performance. Exploiting exogenous variation in employee happiness arising from weather shocks local to each of the 11 call centers, we document a strong causal effect of worker happiness on sales. This is driven by employees working more effectively on the intensive margin by making more calls per hour, adhering more closely to their workflow schedule, and converting more calls into sales when they are happier. In our restrictive setting, we find no effects on the extensive margin of happiness on various measures of high-frequency labor supply such as attendance and break-taking
    Keywords: happiness; productivity
    JEL: J24 M50 I31
    Date: 2020–02

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