Eastern Economic Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 349–372 | Cite as

Relationship between Positive Attitude and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from the US Data

  • Madhu S Mohanty


Using data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79), a longitudinal data set from the United States, and following different cross-sectional and panel data estimation procedures, the study demonstrates that the worker’s job satisfaction is related positively to his/her positive attitude. This conclusion remains valid regardless of whether the worker’s wage income is treated as an exogenous variable or as an endogenous variable. The study thus claims that the worker’s satisfaction at workplace is related to not only the external job-related factors, but also his/her inner psychological attitude.


job satisfaction positive attitude wage two-stage estimate 

JEL Classifications

J28 Z13 



The author wishes to thank Colleen Chrisinger, Miles Finney, participants of the Western Economic Association’s Pacific Rim Conference at Tokyo, the editor and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments. The usual disclaimer applies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhu S Mohanty
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  1. 1.Department of Economics and StatisticsCalifornia State University, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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