Mary Ellen, Benedict and David, McClough (2006): The price of morals: an empirical investigation of industry sectors and perceptions of moral satisfaction--do business economists pay for morally satisfying employment? Published in: The American Economist , Vol. 50, No. 1 (2006): pp. 21-36.
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Many factors contribute to choice of employment other than compensation. This study extends the current literature by testing whether a compensating differential exists in employment sectors deemed morally satisfying. Data from the 1998 salary survey of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and sector rankings addressing moral satisfaction provided by a sample of college students are used in a regression analysis. When we include a self-selection correction in the salary regression, business economists in the for-profit sector earned almost 150 percent more than their nonprofit counterparts, once controlling for the choice of employment sector and human capital variables. Average wages were economically and statistically higher for business economists situated in the middle and low moral satisfaction groupings compared to those in the high moral satisfaction sector. Results suggest a compensating differential for those employed in morally satisfying industry sectors..
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The price of morals: an empirical investigation of industry sectors and perceptions of moral satisfaction--do business economists pay for morally satisfying employment?|
|Keywords:||compensating differential; moral satisfaction; salary regression|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A11 - Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
|Depositing User:||Mary Ellen Benedict|
|Date Deposited:||07. Sep 2012 12:38|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 07:09|
Benedict, Mary Ellen, McClough, David and McClough Anita C.. American Economist, Spring 2006, v. 50, iss. 1, pp. 21-36.