A Job Satisfaction Structural Equation Model Obtained Combining Rasch Analysis and Generalized Maximum Entropy Estimation

19 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2012

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Enrico Ciavolino

University of Salento

Maurizio Carpita

University of Brescia - Department of Economics and Management; ex Department of Quantitative Methods

Amjad Al-Nasser

Yarmouk University

Date Written: January 27, 2012

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to describe and analyze with appropriate statistical models the links between the work quality latent factors using data from a recent Survey on the Italian Social Cooperatives known as ICSI2007.

Due to the task complexity, the analysis is carry out by a two-step approach: In the first step we construct some multidimensional measures of the subjective quality of work, using the Nonlinear Principal Component Analysis (NPCA) and the Rasch Analysis with the Rating Scale Model (NPCA-RSM); In the second step we adopt a Structural Equation Model based on Generalized Maximum Entropy (SEM-GME) to integrate the measures achieved with the previous step and to evaluate the relationships between the subjective work quality latent factors.

Therefore, the novelty aspects of this paper are the following: (i) The integration between the NPCA-RSM and SEM-GME, that allows the reduction of the variables analyzed and the evaluation of the measurement errors; (ii) The formalization of a job satisfaction model for the study of the relationships between the subjective work quality latent factors in the Italian social services sector.

Keywords: Nonlinear PCA, Rasch Analysis, Rating Scale Model, Structural Equation Model, Generalized Maximum Entropy

JEL Classification: C14, C30, M54, L30, J28, D89

Suggested Citation

Ciavolino, Enrico and Carpita, Maurizio and Al-Nasser, Amjad, A Job Satisfaction Structural Equation Model Obtained Combining Rasch Analysis and Generalized Maximum Entropy Estimation (January 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1993102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1993102

Enrico Ciavolino (Contact Author)

University of Salento ( email )

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Maurizio Carpita

University of Brescia - Department of Economics and Management ( email )

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ex Department of Quantitative Methods ( email )

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Amjad Al-Nasser

Yarmouk University ( email )

University STREET
Department of Statistics
Irbid, 21163
Jordan

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