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Fears and realisations of employment insecurity

Dickerson, A. and Green, F. (2009) Fears and realisations of employment insecurity. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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We investigate the validity of subjective data expectations of job loss and on the probability of re-employment consequent on job loss, by examining associations between expectations and realisations. We find that subjective expectations data reveal private information about subsequent job loss, the expectations data perform better with numerical descriptors than with ordinal verbal descriptors. On average, employees overestimate the chance of losing their job; while they underestimate the difficulty of finding another job as good as the currently-held one. We recommend that survey items on employment insecurity should be explicit about each risk investigation, and utilise a cardinal probability scale with discrete numerical descriptors.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: job insecurity, expectations, employability
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 15:55
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 12:12
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2009016
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10233

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