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Kalleberg, Arne L. (1974). A Causal Approach to the Measurement of Job Satisfaction. Social Science Research, 3(4), 299-322.


Differences in indicators used to measure job satisfaction raise the question of their comparability. Four commonly used measures of job satisfaction are thus compared with respect to their relationship to three independent variables—education, occupational status, and income (i.e., wages)—in the context of a causal model that incorporates considerations of measurement error in both independent and dependent variables. It is found that in some cases, different indicators imply different conclusions regarding the influence of education and occupational status on job satisfaction. The utility of a causal modeling approach to these problems is also demonstrated.


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Kalleberg, Arne L.


Kalleberg - 0000-0002-1590-7583