Where Does the Good Shepherd Go? Civic Virtue and Sorting into Public Sector Employment


Several studies have analyzed motives to work in the public versus private sector. However, research on prosocial motivation in the context of public sector employment has largely neglected civic virtue, the motive to contribute to society. This study considers civic virtue in addition to other possible motives, using a representative, longitudinal data set of employees in Germany including 63,180 observations of 13,683 different individuals. We find that civic virtue relates positively to public sector employment beyond altruism, risk aversion, laziness,and (low) financial motivation. The result holds within different branches and is explained by sorting into the sector.

DOI https://doi.org/10.15456/ger.2018298.140034
Metadata Access https://www.da-ra.de/oaip/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&identifier=oai:oai.da-ra.de:658494
Creator Ayaita, Adam; Gülal, Filiz; Yang, Philip
Publisher ZBW - Leibniz Informationszentrum Wirtschaft
Publication Year 2018
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY); Download
OpenAccess true
Contact ZBW - Leibniz Informationszentrum Wirtschaft
Language English
Resource Type Collection
Discipline Economics