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Are Government Workers really more Public-Spirited than those in the Private Sector?

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  • Mirco Tonin

    (University of Southampton)

  • Michael Vlassopoulos

    (University of Southampton)

Abstract

There is a commonly held belief that those working in the public sector are more socially oriented than those in the private sector. In this article we report findings that indeed show how workers in the public sector are more likely to engage in socially motivated activities than their private sector counterparts. However, this is so just because the public services employ people with higher education and skills, characteristics that increase the likelihood of being socially engaged.

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  • Mirco Tonin & Michael Vlassopoulos, 2014. "Are Government Workers really more Public-Spirited than those in the Private Sector?," Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femre3:2014.07-05
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    Keywords

    Public sector; Public service motivation; Volunteering;

    JEL classification:

    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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