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Author Fuchs-Schündeln, Nicola
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract The concept of procedural utility assumes that agents do not only receive utility from outcomes, but also attach an independent value to the procedures that lead to these outcomes. This paper analyzes whether the preferences that underlie procedural utility are homogeneous, using the case of independence at the workplace. I exploit the event of German reunification to assign preferences for independence to respondents without using data on occupational choice or directly reported procedural preferences. I find that the self-employed report higher job satisfaction than the employed, even after controlling for income and hours worked. However, there is a significant amount of heterogeneity in this effect: while “independent types ” experience a large increase in job satisfaction from being self-employed, “hierarchical types ” could even experience a decrease. 1
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-01-01