Game of loans: the relationship between education debt, social responsibility concerns, and making a career choice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors

Ng, Eddy S., and McGinnis Johnson, Jasmine (2019) Game of loans: the relationship between education debt, social responsibility concerns, and making a career choice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. (In Press)

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Abstract

The public and nonprofit sectors generally pay less than the private sector, and individuals are willing to forgo higher salaries in exchange for greater intrinsic satisfaction derived from making a contribution to society. However, personal financial considerations, such as education debt, may discourage individuals from pursuing careers in lower paying sectors even if they are predisposed to public service motivation (PSM). We surveyed a sample of graduating students to investigate if (a) education debt discourages students from pursuing lower paying public or nonprofit careers and (b) whether PSM overrides the considerations students might make about entering lower paying sectors as their education debt rises. First, we find that education debt has a marginal effect on initially selecting private over public and nonprofit careers. Rising education debt may discourage students from public sector careers after controlling for PSM. We also find that rising education debt may discourage students from nonprofit careers even with high levels of PSM. The present study enhances our understanding of how financial considerations, in the form of education debt, may influence a student's initial choice in pursuing public, private, and nonprofit careers.

Item ID: 59878
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-7395
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2019 00:07
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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