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New Evidence on Cross-Country Differences in Job Satisfaction Using Anchoring Vignettes

Nicolai Kristensen () and Edvard Johansson ()

No 06-1, Working Papers from University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper presents results on cross-country comparison of job sat- isfaction across seven EU countries taking into account that people in di¤erent countries may perceive subjective questions di¤erently. We apply a chopit model approach where the threshold parameters in an ordered probit model are re-scaled through anchoring vignettes. Com- pared to a traditional ordered probit model, which yields the familiar result that Denmark is ranked in the very top followed by Finland, the country ranking is altered when the chopit model is applied. In this case, the Scandinavian countries are ranked somewhat lower while workers from the Netherlands are found to have the highest level of job satisfaction. These results suggest that cultural di¤erences in the way people perceive subjective questions about satisfaction make simple cross-country comparison misleading.

Keywords: Job Satisfaction; Cross-Country Comparison; Chopit Model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2006-01-01
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