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Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus Working Papers, Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus

No 06-1:
New Evidence on Cross-Country Differences in Job Satisfaction Using Anchoring Vignettes.

Nicolai Kristensen () and Edvard Johansson ()

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; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C25; I31; (follow links to similar papers)

32 pages, January 1, 2006

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