Quality of Work Life in Colombia: A Multidimensional Fuzzy Indicator

Type Journal Article - Social Indicators Research
Title Quality of Work Life in Colombia: A Multidimensional Fuzzy Indicator
Volume 130
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 911-936
URL http://diposit.ub.edu/dspace/bitstream/2445/96892/1/656187.pdf
Quality of Work encompasses multiple objective and subjective dimensions, which may include labor
income, job stability, job satisfaction, and social security. This paper follows the method proposed
by Gómez et al. (2013) that introduces a new way of measuring Quality of Work, which consists of
i) the use of Sen’s functioning and capabilities approach and ii) a fuzzy sets method to define
membership to the sets of good job quality. Using the Gran Encuesta Integrada de Hogares, we
obtain results at the national level about age, gender, educational level, firm size, and industry sector.
The results are consistent with previous literature. One topic that is highlighted from our results is
the existence of a “Quality of Work Life Cycle”, with higher levels of the index up to age 30, that
may have critical implications for the social security system; people with lower quality jobs may not
be contributing to health and pension funds, leaving many people without access to a retirement fund
and implying more demands on the subsidized system to cover health expenses.

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