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Title: The grass is greener, but why? Evidence of employees’ perceived sector mismatch from the US, New Zealand, and Taiwan
Authors: Chen, Chung-An
Bozeman, Barry
Berman, Evan
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Sector Preference
Sector Mismatch
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Chen, C.-A., Bozeman, B., & Berman, E. (2019). The grass is greener, but why? Evidence of employees’ perceived sector mismatch from the US, New Zealand, and Taiwan. International Public Management Journal, 22(3), 560-589. doi:10.1080/10967494.2018.1425228
Series/Report no.: International Public Management Journal
Abstract: To answer the question of who wants to work for the government, scholars have relied on a few approaches, including sector preference, sector-based comparison of work motives, and sector-switching patterns of job mobility. The present study offers a related but distinct approach: perceived sector mismatch. The attractiveness of public sector jobs differs greatly across countries; thus, in order to present a more comprehensive study, we examine data from the U.S., New Zealand, and Taiwan, where attitudes towards public sector jobs differ significantly as a result of different public service laws and traditions. Across all three samples, we find that, among private sector employees, the preference for a public service job is related to socio-economic disadvantage. Among public sector workers, reasons for perceived sector mismatch vary, but often suggesting job dissatisfaction in current public sector jobs, rather than perceived advantages of the private sector (including compensation). These findings are followed by theoretical and practical implications from this comparative study.
ISSN: 1096-7494
DOI: 10.1080/10967494.2018.1425228
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Public Management Journal on 09 Feb 2018, available online:
Fulltext Permission: open
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