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Source: Review of Public Personnel Administration
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1. Steel, Brent S.
Warner, Rebecca L.
Job Satisfaction Among Early Labor Force Participants: Unexpected Outcomes in Public and Private Sector Comparisons
Review of Public Personnel Administration 10,3 (Summer 1990): 4-22
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Institute of Public Affairs, University of South Carolina
Keyword(s): Job Satisfaction; Private Sector; Public Sector

A systematic investigation is presented of the level of job satisfaction among a national cross-section of early labor force participants in the public and private employment sectors in the late 1980s. The NLSY was the source of the data. Although conventional wisdom has suggested that there is a crisis in the level of job satisfaction among public sector employees due to extensive bureaucrat bashing and working in overly rigid organizations, the findings suggest that public sector employees manifest significantly higher levels of job satisfaction than their private sector counterparts. After controlling for a number of background, personal, and situational factors, the higher level of public sector job satisfaction remains. It is evident from the analyses that the public sector has been successful in attracting and keeping qualified and highly motivated young employees. [ABI/INFORM]
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Steel, Brent S. and Rebecca L. Warner. "Job Satisfaction Among Early Labor Force Participants: Unexpected Outcomes in Public and Private Sector Comparisons." Review of Public Personnel Administration 10,3 (Summer 1990): 4-22.