A recent literature in economics assumes that workers differ in their mission preferences. These studies predict a premium on the matching of mission preferences between a worker and employer. This paper uses data from the Dutch LISS panel to examine this prediction for government workers. Results show that government workers report higher satisfaction with the type of work they do when their political preferences match those of the political parties in office as compared to when their political preferences do not match. A match of political preferences has no effect on the work type satisfaction of workers employed outside the government sector.

Bureaucrats, Job satisfaction, Mission motivation, Public sector
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10101-015-0174-9, hdl.handle.net/1765/85510
Economics of Governance
Erasmus School of Economics

Zoutenbier, R. (2016). The impact of matching mission preferences on well-being at work. Economics of Governance, 17(3), 295–315. doi:10.1007/s10101-015-0174-9