Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 711–731 | Cite as

Older Workers with Disabilities: Job Satisfaction Differences in the Public and Private Sectors in Europe

  • Ricardo Pagán Rodríguez
  • Carlos Rivas Sánchez
  • Carmen Ordóñez de Haro
  • José Sánchez Maldonado


This study analyzes the differences in job satisfaction of older European people (aged 50-64), with or without disabilities, who are employed in either the public or the private sector. Using the data taken from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) for the years 2004, 2007 and 2011, job satisfaction equations are estimated for workers from both the public and private sectors, with panel data techniques that include variables related to the worker's degree of disability (nondisabled, non-limited disabled, and limited disabled), among others. The results show that the disabled workers who are limited in their everyday activities are less satisfied in both the public and private sectors than those who are non-disabled and non-limited. In addition, the levels of job satisfaction for non-limited disabled people are higher than their non-disabled counterparts but only in the public sector. From a point of view of public policies, it is necessary to design and undertake measures and actions that would contribute to improving the levels of job satisfaction of older workers with disabilities, especially among those who are limited in their everyday activities.


Job satisfaction Public and private sectors Disability Elderly Europe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Pagán Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Carlos Rivas Sánchez
    • 1
  • Carmen Ordóñez de Haro
    • 1
  • José Sánchez Maldonado
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Economics (Treasury)Universidad de MálagaMalagaSpain

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