Do ‘bullshit jobs’ exist and is that a problem?

Robert Dur, Professor at Erasmus School of Economics

Robert Dur, Professor of Economics of Incentives and Performance at Erasmus School of Economics, made an appearance on NPO Radio 1 discussing the so-called ‘bullshit jobs’. Robert Dur conducted a research in cooperation with Max van Lent, Assistant Professor of Economics at Leiden University, to see how many workers think their job is socially useless.

‘We find that approximately 8% of workers perceive their job as socially useless, while another 17% are doubtful about the usefulness of their job. There are sizeable differences between countries, sectors, occupations, and age groups, but no trend over time. A vast majority of workers cares about holding a socially useful job and we find that they suffer when they consider their job useless.’

More information

For more information listen to the entire interview on NPO Radio 1, 4 July 2018.

For more information you can also read the article (in Dutch) in Het Algemeen Dagblad, 1 August 2018. 

For the most recent information about the research, you can listen to the podcast (in Dutch) on De Rudi & Freddie Show, 10 November 2018