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Job satisfaction, job match quality and labour supply decisions

Gaetano Lisi ()

International Review of Economics, 2018, vol. 65, issue 4, 489-505

Abstract: Abstract This paper introduces job satisfaction into neoclassical theory of labour supply. This simple integration produces non-trivial results: job satisfaction is able to reduce disutility of labour, thus increasing labour supply; also, if job satisfaction is very high, labour could generate utility, while leisure could provide disutility. In this paper, job satisfaction, and thus job match quality, is specified in terms of appropriate collocation of the worker in the workplace; in short, the higher the matching between the investment in education and the task assigned in the workplace, the higher the job satisfaction. An empirical analysis substantiates the two main predictions of this paper, namely the key role of job satisfaction in time allocation and labour supply decisions and the plausibility of our view about job satisfaction.

Keywords: Job satisfaction; Job match quality; Time allocation; Leisure; Labour supply (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J28 J22 J24 C21 C93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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