September 2013

IZA DP No. 7618: A Web Survey Analysis of the Subjective Well-being of Spanish Workers

Martin Guzi, Pablo de Pedraza

published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2015, 36 (1), 48-67 [Online]

This paper makes use of a large sample of individual data obtained from web surveys in the WageIndicator project. Data includes extensive information on the quality of working conditions together with different well-being indicators. The paper emphasizes the role of work-related characteristics as a specific and very important aspect of life. In our analysis, we demonstrate the role of working conditions in the following three domains: overall life-satisfaction; satisfaction with one’s job; and satisfaction with the combination of family and work. The paper also contributes to the ongoing debate on web survey data quality, reliability, and validity for scientific use. It demonstrates how social sciences can benefit from the use of web survey data in order to overcome the limits of traditional information sources.