To work or not to work: Nonfinancial employment commitment and the social desirability bias

Raphael Snir, Itzhak Harpaz

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The so-called “lottery question,” which asks whether individuals would stop or continue working if there were no economic reasons to do so, was used to evaluate non-financial employment commitment. Data were collected through a survey conducted among a representative sample of the adult population in Israel. The sample included 501 respondents, who were interviewed via telephone in their homes by professional interviewers from a national survey agency. The additional contribution of social desirability to the prediction of nonfinancial employment commitment, beyond the contribution of age, is significant. There is a higher likelihood of indicating a desire to continue working under conditions of high social desirability rather than under those of low social desirability. It is suggested that, in order to examine the actual scope of nonfinancial employment commitment, some measures of detecting or reducing the social desirability bias should be taken.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-644
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2002

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support provided by the Center for the Study of Organizations and Human Resource Management, University of Haifa. Israel.


  • Adults in Israel
  • Lottery question
  • Nonfinancial employment commitment
  • Social desirability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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