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What Makes Workers Happy? Anticipated Rewards and Job Satisfaction


Susan J. Linz


Michigan State University

Anastasia Semykina


Florida State University

October 28, 2010


Abstract:     
Using data collected from over 9,400 employees in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Serbia, across a wide variety of workplaces and sectors, we identify the extrinsic and intrinsic rewards that workers desire, and the desirability of rewards they expect to receive. We use regression analysis to evaluate the association between anticipated rewards and job satisfaction, hypothesizing that the desirability of the reward matters more for extrinsic than intrinsic rewards. We find that anticipated extrinsic rewards tend to have a greater influence on job satisfaction if these rewards are important to that particular worker. Anticipated intrinsic rewards appear to be equally beneficial to all workers, regardless of their desirability. Anticipated rewards which have the largest effect on job satisfaction include additional pay, respect of co-workers, and more freedom on the job.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Job Satisfaction, Transition Economies, Expected Rewards

JEL Classification: J28, P2

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Date posted: October 29, 2010  

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Linz, Susan J. and Semykina, Anastasia, What Makes Workers Happy? Anticipated Rewards and Job Satisfaction (October 28, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1699302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1699302

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Susan J. Linz (Contact Author)
Michigan State University ( email )
Department of Economics
110 Marshall Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
(517) 353-7280 (Phone)
(517) 432-1068 (Fax)
Anastasia Semykina
Florida State University ( email )
Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States
HOME PAGE: http://mailer.fsu.edu/~asemykina/
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