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Revisiting Procedural Utility: Evidence from European Survey Data

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  • Stefan Schneck

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This research note presents cross-country evidence that job satisfaction is higher for self-employed than for employees. The examination, however, does not stop at this point and examines the reasons why this is the case. Using data on 25 European countries, we can show that individuals seem to derive utility from the way outcomes are achieved. In other words, our results are in line with procedural utility theory (Benz and Frey, 2004, 2008). -- Dieser Beitrag zeigt, dass die Zufriedenheit mit dem Beruf bei Selbstständigen größer ist als bei abhängig Beschäftigten. Die Analyse bezieht sich auch auf die Gründe für diese Beobachtung. Es werden Daten aus 25 europäischen Ländern herangezogen mit denen gezeigt wird, dass Personen nicht nur Nutzen aus den Resultaten ihrer Arbeit erzielen, sondern auch aus der Bewältigung der Ziele. Dieses Ergebnis stimmt mit der 'procedural utility' Theorie (Benz und Frey, 2004, 2008) überein.

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Paper provided by ZBW - German National Library of Economics in its series EconStor Preprints with number 57929.

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Date of creation: 16 May 2012
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Keywords: Self-employment; job satisfaction; procedural utility;

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  1. Milo Bianchi, 2012. "Financial Development, Entrepreneurship, and Job Satisfaction," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 94(1), pages 273-286, February.
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  1. Schneck, Stefan, 2014. "Why the self-employed are happier: Evidence from 25 European countries," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 67(6), pages 1043-1048.

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