Determinants of Job Satisfaction Across the EU-15: A Comparison of Self-Employed and Paid Employees

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-043/3

23 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2011

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José María Millán

University of Huelva

Jolanda Hessels

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Roy Thurik

Montpellier Business School; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research; Tinbergen Institute

Rafael Aguado

University of Huelva

Date Written: February 22, 2011

Abstract

Job satisfaction of self-employed and paid-employed workers is analyzed using the European Community Household Panel for the EU-15 covering the years 1994-2001. We distinguish between two types of job satisfaction, i.e. job satisfaction in terms of type of work and job satisfaction in terms of job security. Findings from our generalized ordered logit regressions indicate that self-employed individuals as compared to paid employees are more likely to be satisfied with their present jobs in terms of type of work and less likely to be satisfied in terms of job security. The findings also provide many insights into the determinants of the two types of job satisfaction for both the self-employed and paid employees.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, self-employment, job satisfaction, Europe

JEL Classification: J24, J28, L26, O52

Suggested Citation

Millan, Jose Maria and Hessels, Jolanda and Thurik, Roy and Aguado, Rafael, Determinants of Job Satisfaction Across the EU-15: A Comparison of Self-Employed and Paid Employees (February 22, 2011). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 11-043/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1766446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1766446

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