Fiorillo, Damiano and Nappo, Nunzia (2011): Job satisfaction in Italy: individual characteristics and social relations.
Download (185kB) | Preview
This paper investigates the determinants of job satisfaction in Italy with particular emphasis on social relations. Our econometric analysis is based on four waves (1993, 1995, 1998 and 2000) of the Multipurpose Household Survey conducted annually by the Italian Central Statistics Office. The results of ordered probit regressions and robustness tests show that volunteering and meetings with friends are significantly and positively correlated with job satisfaction, with religious participation playing the biggest role. Our findings also show that meetings with friends increase job satisfaction through self-perceived health.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Job satisfaction in Italy: individual characteristics and social relations|
|English Title:||Job satisfaction in Italy: individual characteristics and social relations|
|Keywords:||Job satisfaction, social relations, social capital, health, statistical matching, Italy|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J28 - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables > C31 - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
|Depositing User:||Damiano Fiorillo|
|Date Deposited:||26. May 2011 15:02|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 14:31|
Akerlof G. A., Rose A. K., Yellen J. L., (1988), Job switching and job satisfaction in the U.S. labour market, Brookings Papers in Economic Activity, 2, 493-582.
Bank of Italy, Archivio storico dell’Indagine sui bilanci delle famiglie italiane, years 1993-2000, Roma.
Bartel A. P., (1981), Race differences in job satisfaction: an reappraisal, Journal of Human Resources, 16, 294-303.
Battu H., Belfield, C.R., Sloane P.J., (1999). Overeducation among graduates: a cohort view. Education Economics, 7, 21-39.
Becchetti L., Trovato G., Bedoya D. A. L., (2009). Income, relational goods and happiness, Applied Economics, 1-18.
Becchetti L., Pelloni A., Rossetti F., (2008). Relational goods, sociability, and happiness, Kyklos, 61, 343-363.
Belcastro, B. R., Koeske, G.F., (1996), Job satisfaction and intention to seek graduate education, Journal of Social Work Education, 32, 315-328.
Bentolila S., Michelacci C., Suarez J., (2010). Social contacts and occupational choice, Economica, 77, 20-45.
Bjørnskov C., (2006). The multiple facets of social capital, European Journal of Political Economy, 22, 22-40.
Billingsley, B.S., Cross, L.H. (1992). Predictors of commitment, job satisfaction, and intent to stay in teaching: A comparison of general and special educators, Journal of Special Education, 25, 453-472.
Blanchflower D. G., Oswald A. J., (2004), Well-being over time in Britain and USA, Journal of Public Economics, 88, 1359-1386.
Booth A. L., van Ours J. C., (2008), Job satisfaction and family happiness:the part-time work puzzle, Economic Journal, 118, F77-F99.
Borgonovi F., (2008), Doing well by doing good. The relationship between formal volunteering and self-reported health and happiness, Social Science and Medicine, 66, 2321-2334.
Borjas G., (1979), Job satisfaction, wages and unions, Journal of Human Resources, 14, 21-40.
Bruni L., Stanca L., (2008). Watching alone: relational goods, television and happiness, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 506-528.
Bruni L, Porta P. L. (2006), Measuring well-being and societal progress, draft paper for discussion at the JRC/OECD Workshop Series, 19-21 June 2006, Milano.
Bryson A., Cappellari L., Lucifora C., (2010), Why so unhappy? The effects of unionization on job satisfaction, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 72, 357-380.
Bryson A., Cappellari L., Lucifora C., (2004), Does union membership really reduce job satisfaction?, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 72, 357-380.
Camp, S.D. (1994). Assessing the effects of organisational commitment and job satisfaction on turnover: an event history approach, Prison Journal, 42, 439-459.
Cattell V., (2001), Poor people, poor places, and poor health: the mediating role of social networks and social capital, Social Science and Medicine, 52, 1501-1516.
Clark, A. E., (1997). Job satisfaction and gender: Why are women so happy at work?, Labour Economics, 4, 341-372,
Clark A. E., (1996), Job satisfaction in Britain, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 34, 189-217.
Clark, A. E., Oswald, A. J. (1996). Satisfaction and comparison income, Journal of Public Economics, 61,359–81.
Clark, A. E., Oswald, A. J., Warr P., (1996), Is job satisfaction u-shaped in age?, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 69, 57-81.
Clegg C. W., (1983), Psychology of employee lateness, absence and turnover: methodology, a critique and an empirical study, Journal of Applied Psychology, 68, 88-101.
Cramer, D. (1993). Tenure, commitment, and satisfaction of college graduates in an engineering firm. Journal of Social Psychology, 133,791-797.
Cummings R. C., (1990), Job stress and the buffering effect of supervisory support, Group and Organization Studies, 8, 92-104.
Di Tella R., MacCulloch R., (2006). Some uses of happiness data in economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20, 25-46.
Durlauf S.N., Fafchamps M., (2005). Social capital, in P. Aghion e S.N. Durlauf (eds.), Handbook of Economic Growth, vol. 1B, Amsterdam, Elseiver North-Holland, 1639-1699.
Easterlin, R. A., (1974), Does Empirical Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence, in David P. A., Reder M. W., (eds.), Nations and Households in Economic.
Ellison G., (1993), Religious involvement and subjective well-being, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 32, 80-99.
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 2007, Measuring job satisfaction in surveys – Comparative analytical report - http://www.eurofound.europa.eu
Fiorillo D., Sabatini S., (2011b), Quality and quantity: the role of social interactions in individual health” Health, Econometrics and Data Group working paper 11/04, University of York.
Fiorillo D., Sabatini S., (2011a), An exploratory analysis of the relationship between social interactions, income and health in Italy, Economics Bulletin, 31, 1336-1352.
Fiorillo D., (2010), Voluntary work and domain satisfactions: evidence from Italy, Department of Economic Studies Discussion Paper 6.2010, University of Napoli Parthenope.
Fiorillo D., (2009), Capitale sociale “robusto”: analisi macro, evidenza micro, (2009), Rivista di Politica Economica, 1, 149-178.
Fiorillo D., (2008), Le determinanti del capitale sociale in Italia, Rivista Italiana degli Economisti, 13, 81-135.
Freeman R.B., (1978), Job satisfaction as an economic variable, American Economic Review, 68, 135-141.
Frey B., Stutzer A., (2005). Does the political process mitigate or accentuate individual biases due the mispredicting future utility? In: McCaffery E., Slemrod J. (eds.), Behavioral Public Finance, New York, Russell Sage Foundation.
Gaziougly S., Tansel A., (2006), Job satisfaction in Britain: individual and job related factors, Applied Economics, 38, 1163-1171.
Ghinetti P., (2007), The public-private job satisfaction differential in Italy, Labour, 21, 361-388.
Gordon M.E., Denisi A. S., (1995), A re-examination of the relationship between union membership and job satisfaction, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, 48, 222-236.
Granovetter M., (2005), The impact of social structure on economic outcomes, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19, 33-50.
Granovetter M., (1973), The strength of weak ties, American Journal of Sociology, 78, 1360-1380.
Hamermesh D. S., (2001). The changing distribution of job satisfaction, Journal of Human Resources, 36, 1–30.
Hamermesh D. S., (1977), A note on income and substitution effects in Search unemployment, Economic Journal, 87(346), 312-314.
Helliwell J. F., (2006). Well-being, Social Capital, and public policy: what’s new?, Economic Journal, 116, C34-C45.
Helliwell J. F., (2003). How’s life? Combining individual and national variables to explain subjective well-being, Economic Modelling, 20, 331-360.
Helliwell J. F., Huang H., (2010). How’s the job? Well-being and social capital in the workplace, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 63, 205-227.
Heywood J. S., Siebert W. S., Wei X., (2002), Worker sorting and job satisfaction: the case of union and government jobs, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 55, 595-609.
Idson T. L., (1990). Establishment size, job satisfaction and the structure of work, Applied Economics, 22, 1007–18. Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT), Indagine MULTISCOPO sulle famiglie, aspetti della vita quotidiana, years 1993-2001, Roma.
Ioannides M., Loury L., (2004). Job information networks, neighborhood effects, and inequality. Journal of Economic Literature, 42, 1056–1093.
Jones Johnson G., Johnson W.R. (2000). Perceived over qualification and dimensions of job satisfaction: a longitudinal analysis, Journal of Psychology, 34, 537-556.
Jones R.J., Sloane P., (2009). Regional differences in job satisfaction, Applied Economics, 41, 1019-1041.
Lambert, E.G., Hogan, N.L., Barton, A., & Lubbock, S.M. (2001). The impact of job satisfaction on turnover intent; A test of a structural measurement model using a national sample of workers, Social Science Journal, 38 (2), 233-251.
Larwood, L. (1984). Organizational behavior and management, Boston: Kent Publishing Company.
Lelkes O., (2007), Tasting freedom: happiness, religion and economic transition, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 59, 173-194.
Levin J. S., Vanderpool H. Y., (1987), Is frequent religious attendance really conducive to better health? Toward an epidemiology of religion, Social Science and Medicine, 24, 589-600.
Locke E.A., (1976). The nature and causes of Job satisfaction. In Dunnette M. D. (eds.), Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, Rand-McNally.
Loscocco, K.A. (1990). Reactions to blue-collar work: A comparison of women and men. Work & Occupations, 17, 152-178.
Lu L., (1999), work motivation, job stress and employees’ well-being, Journal of Applied Management Studies, 8, 61-72.
Mangione J. W., Quinn R. P., (1975), Job satisfaction, counter-productive behavior and drug use in work, Journal of Applied Psychology, 60, 114-116.
McEvoy G. M., Cascio W. F., (1985), Strategies for reducing employee turnover: a meta-analysis, Journal of Applied Psychology, 70, 342-345.
Miller P., (1990), Trade unions and job satisfaction, Australian Economic Papers, 29, 226-248.
Meng R., (1990). The relationship between unions and job satisfaction, Applied Economics, 22, 1635–48.
Pedersen P. J., Schmidt T. D., (2010), Happiness in Europe. Cross-counrty differences in the determinants of satisfaction with main activity, Journal of Socio-Economics, doi:10.1016/j.socec.2010.10.004.
Pellizzari M., (2010). Do Friends and Relatives Really Help in Getting a Good Job? Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 63, 494-510.
Phelps C. D., (2001). A clue to the paradox of happiness, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 45, 293-300.
Ponzo M., Scoppa V., (2010). The use of informal networks in Italy: efficiency or favoritism?, Journal of Socio-Economics, 39, 89-99.
Powdthavee N., (2008). Putting a price tag on friends, relatives and neighbours: using surveys of life satisfaction to value social relationships, Journal of Socio-Economics, 37, 1459- 1480.
Putnam R. (with R. Leonardi and R. Nanetti) (1993). Making democracy work, Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press.
Rässler S., (2002), Statistical matching, New York, Springer.
Renaud, S. 2002, Rethinking the Union Membership/Job Satisfaction Relationship: Some Empirical Evidence in Canada, International Journal of Manpower, 23, 137–150.
Rietschlin J., (1998), Voluntary association membership and psychological distress, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 39, 348-355.
Saal, F.E., & Knight, P.A. (1988). Industrial/Organisational Psychology: Science & Practice. Belmont: Wadsworth.
Sabatini F., (2009) “Social Capital as Social Networks: a New Framework for Measurement and an empirical analysis of its determinants and consequences” Journal of Socio-Economics, 38, 429-442.
Sabatini F., (2008) “Social Capital and the Quality of Economic Development” Kyklos, 61, 466-499.
Schwochau S., (1987), Union effects and job attitudes, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, 40, 209-224.
Shield M. A., Price S. W., (2002), Racial harassment, job satisfaction and intentions to quit: evidence from the British nursing profession, Economica, 60, 295-326.
Sloane P. J. , Ward M. E., (2001), Cohort effects and job satisfaction of academics, Applied Economics Letters, 8, 787 – 91.
Sloane P. J. , Williams H., (2000), Job satisfaction, comparison earnings and gender, Labour, 14, 473-501.
Sousa-Poza A., Sousa-Poza A.A., (2003). Gender difference in job satisfaction in Great Britain, 1991–2000, Permanent or Transitory?, Applied Economics Letters, 10, 691–94.
Sousa-Poza A., and Sousa-Poza A.A., (2000). Well-being at work: a cross national analysis of the levels and determinants of job satisfaction, Journal of Socio-Economics, 29, 517–38.
Steel R. P., Ovalle N. K., (1984), A review and meta-analysis of research on the relationship between behavioral intentions and employee turnover, Journal of Applied Psychology, 69, 673-686.
Thoits P. A., Hewitt L. N., (2001), Volunteer work and well-being, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 42, 115-131.
Ting, Y. (1997). Determinants of job satisfaction of federal government employees, Public Personnel Management, 26, 313-335. Vila L. E., García-Mora B., (2005), Education and the determinants of job satisfaction, Education Economics, 4, 409-425.
Van Praag B. M. S., Frijters P., Ferrer-i-Carbonell A., (2003). The anatomy of subjective well-being, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 51, 29-49.
Wharton A., Baron J. N., (1991), Satisfaction?: the psychological impact of gender segregation on women at work, Sociological Quarterly, 32, 365–87.
Wilson J., (2000), Volunteering, American Sociological Review, 26, 215-240.