PhD Seminar@CMIST 21st April, 12pm – David Bayliss

Dear all,

You are warmly invited to the next PhD Seminar@CMIST on Tuesday 21st April at 12pm in HBS 2.07. David Bayliss will be presenting his work on‘Work, worklessness and well-being during the economic crisis’. Full abstract is below.

Attached is our poster with all the seminars planned for the remainder of the semester.  Please pass this information on to anyone interested.

All welcome; light refreshments will be available.

Best wishes,

Dharmi and Patty

Abstract: Work, worklessness and well-being during the economic crisis

In this presentation of my ongoing PhD research, the impact of the economic crisis on well-being in the UK is explored through the moderating effect of labour market statuses. The labour market is a central social system which together with corresponding social policies (e.g. employment, welfare, family) is influential in generating inequalities. A social structural view of the labour market suggests structures of inequality select people into different labour market statuses which in turn unequally distribute well-being. The economic crisis had widespread ramifications, providing an opportunity to explore how labour market statuses protect or expose people and groups to the negative well-being impacts of recession.

Using panel data from Understanding Society & BHPS (2003-2011) I first explore well-being trajectories in the pre-recession and recession periods, comparing two complimentary but contrasting measures: one measure of evaluative subjective well-being and one of positive psychological health. I then focus on the role of labour market and employment statuses in moderating the impact of recession on positive psychological health. Findings suggest that the psychological well-being of the economically inactive was most exposed to the recession, this holds true for both men and women despite different selection processes. Furthermore, the relative advantage of employment compared to unemployment reduced during recession, narrowing well-being inequality between these two groups. I finish by presenting a preliminary model which aims to explore the causal effect of labour market status on positive psychological health.

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