English title: Why the self-employed are happier: Evidence from 25 European countries

Author(s): Stefan Schneck -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013

Abstract

Using survey data from 25 European countries, we can show that in most of the countries the self-employed are more satisfied with their jobs than employees. This paper aims to discuss the reasons why this is the case. The results show that part of the differences in job satisfaction between employees and self-employed individuals are due to creativity and autonomy in self-employment. This suggests that our results are in line with procedural utility theory (Benz and Frey, 2004 and Benz and Frey, 2008). In other words, especially self-employed individuals seem to derive utility from the way outcomes are achieved.

Volume: 67

Issue: 6

From page no: 1043

To page no: 1048

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.JBUSRES.2013.06.008

Journal: Journal of Business Research