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Estimates of the effect of wages on job satisfaction

Lydon, Reamonn and Chevalier, Arnaud (2002) Estimates of the effect of wages on job satisfaction. CEPDP, 531. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753015528

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Empirical studies on job satisfaction have relied on two hypotheses: firstly, that wages are exogenous in a job satisfaction regression and secondly, that appropriate measures of relative wage can be inferred. In this paper we test both assumptions using two cohorts of UK university graduates. We find that controlling for endogeneity, the direct wage effect on job satisfaction doubles. Several variables relating to job match quality also impact on job satisfaction. Graduates who get good degrees report higher levels of job satisfaction, as do graduates who spend a significant amount of time in job search. Finally we show that future wage expectations and career aspirations have a significant effect on job satisfaction and provide better fit than some ad-hoc measures of relative wage.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2002 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Identification Number: 531
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008 10:01

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