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The Public-Private Job Satisfaction Differential in Italy

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  • Paolo Ghinetti

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This paper uses Italian survey data for 1995 to study the differences in satisfaction for six non-pecuniary job attributes between public and private sector workers. Results indicate that public employees differ from private employees in the way they evaluate satisfaction with job security, consideration by colleagues, and safety and health job features, whereas there are no differences in their assessment of satisfaction with effort levels and interest for the job. In particular, we find that the premium for public employees is quantitatively higher, especially in the case of satisfaction with employment losses. Moreover, there are significant differences in the determinants of satisfaction across sectors. Copyright 2007 The Author; Journal compilation 2007 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Paolo Ghinetti, 2007. "The Public-Private Job Satisfaction Differential in Italy," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 21(2), pages 361-388, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:21:y:2007:i:2:p:361-388
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