Job Satisfaction and Quitting Intentions: A Structural Model of British General Practitioners

22 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2006

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Anthony Scott

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research

Hugh Gravelle

University of York, Centre for Health Economics

Steven Simoens

Catholic University of Leuven - Departement Farmaceutische wetenschappen

Chris Bojke

Tower House

Bonnie Sibbald

University of Manchester - Faculty of Human and Medical Sciences

Abstract

A structural model of job satisfaction and quitting intentions is estimated using data from a survey of general practitioners in the UK. Previous research has used reduced form models, making the interpretation of coefficients problematic. The use of a structural recursive model helps to clarify the relationships between intentions to quit, overall job satisfaction, domains of job satisfaction and personal and job characteristics. Job and personal characteristics have a direct effect on job satisfaction in addition to their indirect impact through job satisfaction domains. Job satisfaction domains have a direct effect on intentions to quit, in addition to their effect via overall job satisfaction. The structural approach provides a richer interpretation of the role and effect of job characteristics on job satisfaction and intentions to quit than is found in previous research. This is particularly relevant in some public sector labour markets, where the opportunity to alter wages to compensate for the relative advantages and disadvantages of jobs is limited because of national wage bargaining.

Suggested Citation

Scott, Anthony and Gravelle, Hugh S. and Simoens, Steven and Bojke, Chris and Sibbald, Bonnie, Job Satisfaction and Quitting Intentions: A Structural Model of British General Practitioners. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 519-540, September 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=923918 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2006.00511.x

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Hugh S. Gravelle

University of York, Centre for Health Economics ( email )

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