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Are Government Workers really more Public-Spirited than those in the Private Sector?

Mirco Tonin and Michael Vlassopoulos ()

Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3, 2014

Abstract: There is a commonly held belief that those working in the public sector are more socially oriented than those in the private sector. In this article we report findings that indeed show how workers in the public sector are more likely to engage in socially motivated activities than their private sector counterparts. However, this is so just because the public services employ people with higher education and skills, characteristics that increase the likelihood of being socially engaged.

Keywords: Public sector; Public service motivation; Volunteering (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D64 H83 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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