New working paper about job satisfaction in Germany

Dr. Teita Bijedić (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung, Bonn) and Dr. Alan Piper have published a working paper comparing the job satisfaction of different groups of people in Germany. The article investigates natives, migrants and migration background along with gender in the context of job satisfaction. The results lend themselves to policy conclusions regarding the successful integration of migrants into the labour market.

Dr. Bijedić says this about the article:

"Migrant entrepreneurship is a significant part of German economy. They take up about 10% of all enterprises. While often perpetuated is the notion that migrants on average have a higher entrepreneurial propensity than native population, many questions regarding the personal motives and satisfaction of migrant entrepreneurs still remain unanswered. This is where our study comes into place and closes this gap. Our findings can help develop policy measures that are valid for different target groups of migrant entrepreneurs, which need to be addressed individually.

While first and second generations have different needs when it comes to support measures, language, qualification and institutional barriers, our findings also lead us to a policy recommendation for fostering vocational qualification and higher education in general, particularly for migrants and children of migrants who migrated with a poor educational background. Furthermore, with regards to the first generation migrants, while entrepreneurship may be a means to overcome discriminatory obstacles on the labour market, the question is worth asking if necessity driven low skill entrepreneurship is really a viable form of integration and a source of satisfaction."

The full working paper is available here.