Does organizational ownership matter for employees? We conducted a discrete choice experiment to reveal employees’ objectives in for-profit, nonprofit and governmental nursing homes. The results indicate that differences in objectives among nursing home staff are at least partially related to differences in ownership type. More specifically, we find that employees of public nursing homes are less extrinsically motivated than their for-profit and nonprofit counterparts. However, the results also show that employees of for-profit, nonprofit and governmental nursing homes are trading off output quality and output quantity differently, in line with the view that public providers of elderly care are pursuing a supplier-of-last-resort objective function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2500-2513
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • discrete choice experiment, mixed logic, nursing homes, ownership, nonprofit

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