nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2019‒05‒13
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Permanent Contracts and Job Satisfaction in Academia: Evidence from European Countries By Fulvio Castellacci; Clara Viñas-Bardolet

  1. By: Fulvio Castellacci (TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway); Clara Viñas-Bardolet (TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway)
    Abstract: Temporary contracts are increasingly used in academia. This is a major concern for non-tenured researchers, since weak job security may hamper job satisfaction. In spite of the relevance of this topic, scholarly research on the theme is scant. This paper presents an empirical analysis of the role of academic tenure for job satisfaction of researchers in European countries. The work uses data from the MORE2 survey, a recent large-scale representative survey of researchers in European countries. The results show that, ceteris paribus, academics with a permanent contract are on average more satisfied with their job than those that are employed on a temporary basis. We also show that academic tenure is a relatively more important factor of job satisfaction for researchers at an intermediate stage of the career. Finally, we point out some important differences in the working of the model among European countries. Our hypotheses receive significant empirical support for the groups of Continental EU and Nordic economies, which combine high job satisfaction and good working conditions, on the one hand, with relatively weak job security for younger academics, on the other.
    Keywords: job satisfaction, academia, permanent contracts
    JEL: I31 J28

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