Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/152351
Authors: 
Tonin, Mirco
Vlassopoulos, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Labor Economics [ISSN:] 2193-8997 [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2015 [Pages:] 1-21
Abstract: 
We investigate whether public and private sector employees differ in terms of public service motivation using a representative sample of elderly workers from 12 European countries. We find that public sector workers, both those currently employed and those already retired, are significantly more prosocial; however, the difference in prosociality is explained by differences in the composition of the workforce across the two sectors, in terms of (former) workers' education and occupation. Subsample analysis reveals that public sector former workers in education are more prosocial even after controlling for a rich set of characteristics.
Subjects: 
Public sector
Public service motivation
Volunteering
JEL: 
D64
H83
J45
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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