The Happiness Gains from Sorting and Matching in the Labor Market

35 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2006

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Simon Luechinger

University of Lucerne

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

Sorting of people on the labor market not only assures the most productive use of valuable skills but also generates individual utility gains if people experience an optimal match between job characteristics and their preferences. Based on individual data on reported satisfaction with life it is possible to assess these latter gains from matching. We introduce a two-equation ordered probit model with endogenous switching and study self-selection into government and private sector jobs. We find considerable gains from matching amounting to an increase in the fraction of very satisfied workers from 53.8 to 58.8 percent relative to a hypothetical random allocation of workers to the two sectors.

Keywords: matching, ordered probit, public sector employment, selection, switching

JEL Classification: D60, I31, J24, J45

Suggested Citation

Luechinger, Simon and Stutzer, Alois and Winkelmann, Rainer, The Happiness Gains from Sorting and Matching in the Labor Market (March 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=892342

Simon Luechinger

University of Lucerne ( email )

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Alois Stutzer

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

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Rainer Winkelmann (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research ( email )

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Germany
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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