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Title:Low Pay, Higher Pay and Job Satisfaction within the European Union: Empirical Evidence from Fourteen Countries PDF Logo
Authors:Diaz-Serrano, Luis
Vieira, José António Cabral
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1558
Abstract:We examine differences in job satisfaction between low- and higher-paid workers within the European Union (EU). To do so The European Community Household Panel Data covering the period 1994-2001 is used. Our results indicate that low paid workers report a lower level of job satisfaction when compared with their higher paid counterparts in most countries, except in the UK. This supports the idea that low-wage employment in these countries mainly comprises low quality. The results also indicate that gap in average job satisfaction between low- and higher-paid workers is markedly wider in the Southern European countries than in the rest of EU. Finally, there are significant differences in the determinants of job satisfaction across countries. It seems then that a homogeneous policy may be inappropriate to increase satisfaction, and hence labour productivity, in the EU as a whole. Hence, an improvement of the quality of the jobs in the EU may require different policies. In particular, in some countries such as the United Kingdom removing low employment, namely through regulation, may worsen the workers? well-being, although in other cases such a policy may lead to a totally different outcome.
Subjects:job satisfaction
job quality
low-wage employment
JEL:J28
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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