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Working for a Good Cause

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  • Robert Dur

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam, CESifo, IZA)

  • Robin Zoutenbier

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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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. Our results show that only those individuals who are willing to contribute to the welfare of others and, in addition, feel that by working in the public sector they contribute to a good cause are significantly more likely to work in the public sector. Our results are most pronounced for highly educated employees.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 11-168/1.

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Date of creation: 25 Nov 2011
Date of revision: 23 Apr 2013
Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20110168

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Keywords: public service motivation; altruism; mission preferences; sorting;

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Cited by:
  1. Dur, Robert & Zoutenbier, Robin, 2014. "Intrinsic Motivations of Public Sector Employees: Evidence for Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 8239, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Carpenter, Jeffrey P. & Gong, Erick, 2013. "Motivating Agents: How Much Does the Mission Matter?," IZA Discussion Papers 7602, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. David Ong & Chun-Lei Yang, 2014. "Pro Bono Work and Trust in Expert Fields," CESifo Working Paper Series 4897, CESifo Group Munich.

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