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Title: Winnowing out high-PSM candidates : the adverse selection effect of competitive public service exams
Authors: Chen, Chung-An
Chen, Don-Yun
Liao, Zhou-Peng
Kuo, Ming-Feng
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Chen, C., Chen, D., Liao, Z. & Kuo, M. (2019). Winnowing out high-PSM candidates : the adverse selection effect of competitive public service exams. International Public Management Journal, 23(4), 443-464.
Project: RG61/16
Journal: International Public Management Journal
Abstract: Existing literature based in Western society generally supports that people who have high public service motivation (PSM) prefer a public service career, and public organizations are likely to recruit high-PSM individuals. This proposition may not hold in cultures where the public service exam is notoriously competitive. The present study, based in Taiwan, provides evidence showing that a competitive, standardized public service exam, along with its unique social symbolism, can deter high-PSM people from entering the public sector. We then discuss the theoretical and practical implications in the conclusion.
ISSN: 1096-7494
DOI: 10.1080/10967494.2019.1658663
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Public Management Journal on 19 Sep 2019, available online:
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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