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Do Public-Sector Employees Have More Psychological Wellness than Private-Sector Counterparts?


This study addressed the following research question: Do public-sector employees have higher levels of well-being than their counterparts in the private sector? For data analysis, the study employed the propensity score matching method, which compares two groups in terms of similar attributes. The results showed somewhat different patterns in the relationship between work-family role stressors and wellness. However, an analysis of the propensity score matching method revealed no significant difference in the levels of well-being of private-sector employees and their public-sector counterparts when similar attributes between the two groups were controlled.

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Ryu, G., Bae, K.B. Do Public-Sector Employees Have More Psychological Wellness than Private-Sector Counterparts?. Public Organiz Rev 20, 1–17 (2020).

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  • Well-being
  • Sectoral difference
  • Propensity score matching method