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Worker well-being and perceived fairness: Survey-based findings from Italy

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  • Tortia, Ermanno C.

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Based on a survey of 1958 employees in 228 Italian social service organizations under public and private ownership, this paper shows that worker well-being is crucially influenced by fairness concerns. The positive effect is strongest for procedural fairness, which is interpreted as a crucial emerging property of the organizational setting. The influence of the disutility of effort and of the wage is much weaker, but still coherent with economic theory. Public organizations are found to be at a disadvantage with respect to the private sector regarding both the degree of satisfaction and perceived fairness. Non-profits record the highest scores, mainly as regards procedural fairness.

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  • Tortia, Ermanno C., 2008. "Worker well-being and perceived fairness: Survey-based findings from Italy," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 2080-2094, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:5:p:2080-2094
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    1. Tortia, Ermanno, 2014. "L'impresa come bene comune," AICCON Working Papers 131-2013, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
    2. Fabio Sabatini & Francesca Modena & Ermanno Tortia, 2014. "Do cooperative enterprises create social trust?," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 42(3), pages 621-641, March.
    3. Scholz, Theresa, 2012. "Employers' selection behavior during short-time work," IAB Discussion Paper 201218, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
    4. Enrico Ciavolino & Maurizio Carpita & Mariangela Nitti, 2015. "High-order PLS path model with qualitative external information," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 49(4), pages 1609-1620, July.
    5. Tae-Hwan Kim & Hoon Hong & Jonghyun Park & Chung Sik Yoo & Jongick Jang, 2017. "Statistical Estimation of the Casual Effect of Scoial Economy on Subjective Well-Being," Working papers 2017rwp-104, Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute.
    6. Enzo Valentini, 2012. "Giving Voice To Employees And Spreading Information Within The Firm: The Manner Matters," Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology, ScientificPapers.org, vol. 2(4), pages 1-7, August.
    7. Fabio Sabatini & Francesca Modena & Ermanno Tortia, 2012. "�Do cooperative enterprises create social trust?," Euricse Working Papers 1243, Euricse (European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises).
    8. Maurizio Carpita & Silvia Golia, 2012. "Measuring the quality of work: the case of the Italian social cooperatives," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 46(6), pages 1659-1685, October.

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