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Orthodox Christianity And Government Career Preference Among Russian Students: Does Public Service Motivation Mediate The Link?

This study attempts to assess the link between Orthodox Christian religiosity and the government career preference in Russia and the role of public service motivation (PSM) as a mediator of this relationship. PSM has been previously shown to predict public sector career preference among Russian students, whereas the link between religiosity, PSM and public sector career choice have not yet been studied in Russia. We use primary data from a student survey conducted at a Moscow-based university (N=804) to show that Orthodox Christian religiosity is positively linked with declared government career preference among students. PSM performs weakly as a mediator accounting for only 13% of the total effect. We also find that within the public sector religiosity is only associated with choosing the government but not wider budget sector organisations. Church attendance matters: frequency of attendance is strongly positively linked with government career preference