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A dimming of the ‘warm glow’? Are non-profit workers in the UK still more satisfied with their jobs than other workers?

Donegani, Chiara Paola and McKay, Stephen and Moro, Domenico (2012) A dimming of the ‘warm glow’? Are non-profit workers in the UK still more satisfied with their jobs than other workers? Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

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Research has long shown that non-profit sector employees report a higher level of job satisfaction than workers in other sectors. This paper investigates trends in job satisfaction using longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey (1992-2008), through models which contain detailed information on individual, job and organisational characteristics. A Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition is used to provide an in-depth study of the differential in levels of job satisfaction across sectors, obtained from regression analyses. The results suggest a reduced non-profit premium in job satisfaction over time; the decomposition still confirms the ‘warm glow’ theory for workers within the non-profit sector, underlining relevant differences between sectors in job satisfaction even after controlling for substantive individual, job and organisational differences.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Third Sector Research Centre

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Date:01 March 2012
Series/Collection Name:TSRC Working Paper Series
Keywords:Non-profit sector, warm glow theory, job satisfaction, Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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Funders:Economic and Social Research Council, Office for Civil Society, Barrow Cadbury Trust
Copyright Holders:Third Sector Research Centre
ID Code:1773

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