Work Values in Western and Eastern Europe

84 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2012

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Benno Torgler

Queensland University of Technology; CREMA; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Date Written: January 24, 2012

Abstract

The paper reports on work values in Europe. At the country level we find that job satisfaction is related to lower working hours, higher well-being, and a higher GDP per capita. Moving to the micro level, we turn our attention from job satisfaction to analyse empirically work centrality and work value dimensions (without exploring empirically job satisfaction) related to intrinsic and extrinsic values, power and social elements. The results indicate substantial differences between Eastern and Western Europe. Socio-demographic factors, education, income, religiosity and religious denomination are significant influences. We find additional differences between Eastern and Western Europe regarding work-leisure and work-family centrality that could be driven by institutional conditions. Furthermore, hierarchical cluster analyses report further levels of dissimilarity among European countries.

Keywords: Work Values, Job Satisfaction, Work-Leisure Relationship, Work-Family Centrality, Eastern Europe, Western Europe

JEL Classification: P20, D10, J28, J17, J22

Suggested Citation

Torgler, Benno, Work Values in Western and Eastern Europe (January 24, 2012). FEEM Working Paper No. 94.2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1991060 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1991060

Benno Torgler (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

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