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Does size matter? The influence of firm size on working conditions and job satisfaction

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  • Garcia-Serrano, Carlos

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Using a Spanish survey, this paper investigates the relationship between firm size and working conditions, and whether firm size differences in workers job satisfaction can be accounted for by differences in their work environment. The results indicate that: (1) workers in larger firms have a significantly lower level of autonomy and, in general, face worse working conditions; (2) working in large firms has no statistically significant effect on job satisfaction after controlling for working conditions; and (3) no systematic differences exist in worker mobility across firm-size categories. We conclude that observed wage differentials by firm size are utility-equalizing, so they are due to differences in working conditions.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2008-30.

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Date of creation: 22 Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2008-30

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    by Brian McCann in managerial econ on 2010-04-05 13:32:00
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  1. Emilia Del Bono & Daniela Vuri, 2008. "Job Mobility and the Gender Wage Gap in Italy," CEIS Research Paper 130, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 06 Nov 2008.
  2. Emilia Del Bono & Daniela Vuri, 2008. "Job mobility and the gender wage gap," Working Papers - Dipartimento di Economia 7-DEISFOL, Dipartimento di Economia, Sapienza University of Rome, revised 2008.

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