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    Prof. Dr. Anna Zaharieva

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New publication: E. Damdinsuren, A. Zaharieva (2023) "Expectation Formation and Learning in the Labour Market with On-the-Job Search and Nash Bargaining", Labour Economics 81: 102-311

New publication: K. Rickmeier (2023) "Navigating Regional Barriers to Job Mobility: The Role of Opportunity Structures in Individual Job-to-JobTransitions, Social Sciences, Special Issue on Regional Development Dynamics and Their Social, Economic and Political Consequences, 12(5), 295,

Welcome to the new research employee Maria Schäfer, who will be enrolled in the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management (BIGSEM).

Lehrstuhl für Arbeitsmarktökonomik


Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Arbeitsmarktökonomik
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld, Deutschland


Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Arbeitsmarktökonomik
Universitätsstraße 25
D-33615 Bielefeld


Raum W8-101
Telefon (+49) (0)521 106 5637
Briefkasten U/V3 1757


Economics Seminar Talk on Nov. 28th

Work meaning is an important driver of labor supply. Since, per definition, work meaning is associated with benefits for others, it also has an important fairness dimension. In a theoretical model, we show that work meaning may increase or decrease workers’ reservation wages, depending on the relative strength of fairness concerns and meaning preferences. To examine the importance of these behavioral motives for labor supply, we conduct a survey experiment with representative samples from the Netherlands and Germany in which we vary within-subject the benefits that a job creates for others. We find that work meaning on average decreases reservation wages, but that only a minority of workers is actually willing to sacrifice wages for work meaning. Fairness concerns are negatively related to willingness to pay for work meaning, while social preferences (like altruism) show a positive association. Workers with a high willingness to pay for work meaning tend to sort into sectors with high perceived societal contributions.



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