ERIC Number: ED471268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Employee Skill, Occupation, and Work Involvement. Working Paper.
Data from the Work History and Attitudes survey of the Social Change and Economic Life research initiative (SCELI) enquiry of 1986-1989 and the first wave of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) were analyzed to determine their continuity and comparability with regard to employee attitudes in general and job satisfaction and work centrality in particular. The study revealed a high degree of comparability between the two data sets and in the results obtained when they are used. However, several difficulties in comparing the two data sets were also identified. The SCELI was credited with providing good indicators of both human capital ("own-skill") and job skill and for providing extensive details about the technical milieu of work and the work organization, which were deemed good control variables. BHPS was found to offer excellent data on human capital, particularly on recently acquired technical training and vocational and other education. However, BHPS's direct measures of job skill proved minimal. An imputation process was suggested as one way of resolving this difficulty. The material offered by BHPS on partnership and household structures was concluded to be so admirable as to partly compensate for its lack of workplace and organizational data. (Thirteen figures/tables are included. Five additional tables and a comment on the expressive work ethic are appended.) (Author/MN)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Employee Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, National Surveys, Occupations, Reliability, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Social Science Research, Statistical Surveys, Validity, Work Attitudes, Work Environment, Work Ethic
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: British Household Panel Survey