# 11-043/3 (2011-02-22)

Jose Maria Millan, University of Huelva; Jolanda Hessels, Erasmus School of Economics; Roy Thurik, Erasmus School of Economics; Rafael Aguado, University of Huelva
entrepreneurship, self-employment, job satisfaction, Europe
JEL codes:
J24, J28, L26, O52

See also the publication in Small Business Economics (2013), 40(3), 651-670.

Job satisfaction of self-employed and paid-employed workers is analyzed using the European Community Household Panel for the EU-15 covering the years 1994-2001. We distinguish between two types of job satisfaction, i.e. job satisfaction in terms of type of work and job satisfaction in terms of job security. Findings from our generalized ordered logit regressions indicate that self-employed individuals as compared to paid employees are more likely to be satisfied with their present jobs in terms of type of work and less likely to be satisfied in terms of job security. The findings also provide many insights into the determinants of the two types of job satisfaction for both the self-employed and paid employees.