Working for a Good Cause
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Economics; Tinbergen Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)
November 24, 2011
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 11-168/3
A rich literature in public administration has shown that public sector employees have stronger altruistic motivations than private sector employees. Recent economic theories stress the importance of mission preferences, and predict that altruistic people sort into the public sector when they subscribe to its mission. This paper uses data from a representative survey among more than 30.000 employees from 50 countries to test this prediction. We nd strong evidence for a mutually reinforcing role of altruism and mission alignment in sorting to the public sector, particularly among highly educated workers and among workers in less-developed countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: public service motivation, altruism, mission preferences, sorting, World Values Survey
JEL Classification: H1, J45, M5working papers series
Date posted: November 29, 2011 ; Last revised: December 3, 2012
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