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Pay Dissatisfaction among Municipal Employees: Empirical Evidence from Russia’s Stavropol Region

NISPACee Journal of Public Administration and Policy. 2019. Vol. 12. No. 1. P. 69-89.

Dissatisfied public employees put at risk the quality of service delivery. This study investigates pay dissatisfaction among a sample (N=501) of municipal employees in Russia’s Stavropol region. We find that pay dissatisfaction results from negative perceptions of public employment compensation, low levels of risk aversion, unethical professional attitudes, and more than 4 years of working experience. Our findings suggest that municipal employees are sensitive to multiple wage gaps within the public sector, and that upward pay comparisons are a relevant predictor of dissatisfaction with pay. We conclude that widespread pay dissatisfaction poses a serious threat to the implementation of federal programs and sustainable rural development in Russia.