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Choir of believers? Longitudinal evidence on public service motivation and survey participation

Publikation: KonferencebidragPaperForskning

The most widely used method to study individuals’ public service motivation is surveys. The validity and inferential power of such studies may, however, be harmed by survey participation bias, if highly public service motivated individuals are overrepresented among respondents. This paper examines the methodological critique of survey participation bias raised against the public service motivation literature and examines whether public service motivation increases the propensity to respond to surveys. By tracking more than 3,000 public service providers’ participation in a three-wave panel survey, our analysis shows that public service motivation does have a positive effect on survey participation. This suggests that future studies should pay attention to the characteristics of respondents/non-respondents and consider weighting the sample.
Udgivelsesår10 apr. 2014
Antal sider26
StatusUdgivet - 10 apr. 2014
BegivenhedIRSPM 2014: International Research Society for Public Management Conference - Ottawa, Canada
Varighed: 9 apr. 201411 apr. 2014


KonferenceIRSPM 2014


  • public service motivation, survey participation

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