Disentangling the Role of Contract Types and Sector Disparities for Public Service Motivation

42 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2015

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Christian Grund

RWTH Aachen University - School of Economics and Business Administration; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Kirsten Thommes

RWTH Aachen University

Abstract

The intention of "doing good for society" is regarded to be a crucial motivator for employees in the public sector in order for them to perform well. Recent research in the public sector literature calls for a deeper understanding of how this specific public service motivation (PSM) is shaped. In our paper, we analyze how different degrees of inclusion in the public sector impact PSM. We also investigate how prospects of employment relations (fixed-term versus permanent contracts), temporal differences (part-time versus full-time employment), and actual jobs (core versus subsidiary jobs) moderate PSM in public service. Our findings show that aspects of PSM are affected by these employment characteristics in various ways, suggesting that the factors influencing PSM are multifaceted and that actual employment conditions have to be taken into consideration when assessing PSM.

Keywords: job characteristics, motivation, PSM, public sector, part-time, temporary employment

JEL Classification: M55, J45, H83

Suggested Citation

Grund, Christian and Thommes, Kirsten, Disentangling the Role of Contract Types and Sector Disparities for Public Service Motivation. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9385. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672171

Christian Grund (Contact Author)

RWTH Aachen University - School of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Aachen
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Kirsten Thommes

RWTH Aachen University ( email )

Templergraben 55
52056 Aachen, 52056
Germany

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