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Job Satisfaction and Employee Turnover: A Firm-Level Perspective

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  • Frederiksen, Anders

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In this paper, I study an employment situation where the employer and the employees cooperate about the implementation of a job satisfaction survey. Cooperation is valuable because it improves the firm's ability to predict employee quits, but it is only an equilibrium outcome because the employer-employee relation is repeated and long-term. Using a unique combination of firm-level data and information from job satisfaction surveys, the empirical analysis reveals that the cooperation reduces the firm's employee turnover costs significantly by improving its ability to predict quits. This cost reduction may easily exceed the cost of conducting the survey. The analysis also reveals that the firm is willing to sacrifice profits in a given year to be able to sustain the cooperative relationship with the employees.

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  • Frederiksen, Anders, 2015. "Job Satisfaction and Employee Turnover: A Firm-Level Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 9296, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    1. Frederiksen, Anders, 2008. "Gender differences in job separation rates and employment stability: New evidence from employer-employee data," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(5), pages 915-937, October.
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    Keywords

    cooperation; job satisfaction; quits; retention;
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    • M5 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics

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