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Crowding Out Public Service Motivation

  • Yannis Georgellis

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  • Elisabetta Iossa

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  • Vurain Tabvuma

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Employing workers with Public Service Motivation (PSM) has been proposed as a means of improving performance in the public sector. There is, however, no conclusive evidence showing PSM among individuals. In this paper we attempt to firstly find evidence of PSM by investigating why people change jobs from the private to the public sector. Secondly we attempt to identify factors that crowd out PSM and thus hinder individuals with PSM from joining the public sector.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University in its series CEDI Discussion Paper Series with number 08-07.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:edb:cedidp:08-07
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