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Title: Financialisation and work: New transdisciplinary insights from micro-level survey data
Authors: Betzelt, Sigrid 
Santos, Ana C. 
Lopes, Cláudia A. 
Keywords: EU; Financialisation; Inequality; Household debt; Working conditions; Labour market segmentation
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Publisher: FESSUD
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/266800/EU 
Serial title, monograph or event: FESSUD Working Paper Series
Issue: 181
Place of publication or event: Leeds
Abstract: Referring to different strands of debate in economics and sociology in a transdisciplinary way, the paper examines the interdependencies of financialisation and working conditions by exploring the comparative findings of the FESSUD Survey on Finance and Well-being conducted in five European countries representing different institutional and socio-economic contexts (Sweden, Germany, the UK, Portugal, Poland). The findings reveal that, notwithstanding differences across the five countries, living conditions have worsened after the Global Financial Crisis for many households, with declining household incomes, higher household indebtedness to cover living expenses, and deteriorated working conditions. Surprisingly, the finance-work nexus has been more detrimental to low-income and non-standard workers in Germany and Poland. Hence, it is concluded that the impact of financialisation on well-being cannot simply be read from the size of national financial systems or the extent of household engagement with finance, nor from mainstream welfare regime typologies. Instead, to better understand these impacts we need to consider the more indirect influence of financialisation on labour market polarization and income distribution.
ISSN: 2052-8035
Rights: openAccess
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