Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/74522
Authors: 
Dur, Robert
Zoutenbier, Robin
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4227
Abstract: 
A rich literature in public administration has shown that public sector employees have stronger altruistic motivations than private sector employees. Recent economic theories stress the importance of mission preferences, and predict that altruistic people sort into the public sector when they subscribe to its mission. This paper uses data from a representative survey among more than 30.000 employees from 50 countries to test this prediction. We find strong evidence for a mutually reinforcing role of altruism and mission alignment in sorting to the public sector, particularly among highly educated workers and among workers in less-developed countries.
Subjects: 
public service motivation
altruism
mission preferences
sorting
World Values Survey
JEL: 
H10
J45
M50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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