Predicting Job Satisfaction through individual Cognitive Ability and Job Autonomy

73 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2019

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Roberto Dopeso-Fernández

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ESCSET

Giovanni Giusti

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Tecnocampus

Aleksander Kucel

ESCSET, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Date Written: June 14, 2019

Abstract

This paper analyzes the effects of cognitive ability on job satisfaction. Using PIAAC data we explore whether job satisfaction predictors observed in the literature change their behavior once we control for cognitive ability, proxied by an explicit test of individual numeracy level. We show that both, learning at work and job autonomy affect differently the job satisfaction for workers interacting with their level of cognitive ability measured. While learning increases job satisfaction for highly cognitive-able workers, task discretion (a measure of job autonomy) is particularly well valued by lower cognitive-able workers.

Keywords: job satisfaction, job autonomy, numeracy, literacy, ICT, cognitive ability

JEL Classification: J28, J24

Suggested Citation

Dopeso-Fernández, Roberto and Giusti, Giovanni and Kucel, Aleksander, Predicting Job Satisfaction through individual Cognitive Ability and Job Autonomy (June 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3404302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3404302

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