Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Value of work in the experience of the young generation of Visegrad countries
Issue: Vol. 12, No 1, 2019
Published date: 03-2019 (print) / 03-2019 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Urszula Swadźba
Silesian University

Nicole Horáková Hirschler
University of Ostrava
Keywords: values, work, young generation, Visegrad countries
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2019/12-1/10
Index PUBMS: 774ff99d-5d4e-11e9-8b68-fa163e6feac6
Language: English
Pages: 177-192 (16)
JEL classification: A13, Z13
The authors are thankful to the Visegrad Standard Grant: “The economic awareness of the young generation of Visegrad countries” no. 21420008 for financial support to carry out this research. This paper has been financially supported by the University of Ostrava, Institutional Development Project (IRP) No. 201819 Social and Cultural Mechanisms of In- and Exclusion: a Comparative Perspective. The authors are also thankful to the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Silesia for the financial support.

The paper discusses the issues of experience and value of work, one of the elements of economic awareness of the young generation – students from the Visegrad countries. The paper presents the concept of work and its value according to Ronald Inglehart's value system. An analysis was carried out based on empirical research conducted in April–May 2015 and November 2016 in higher education institutions in the V4 countries (Poland: Katowice, Slovakia: Nitra, Czech Republic: Olomouc/Ostrava, Hungary: Gödöllő). In each country, the student groups were selected according to the auditor survey technique. The research covered Bachelor and Master students from four different types of studies: Economics, Management, Technical, Sciences, Medicine, Social Studies and Humanities. The resulting discussion concerns the work experience of the students in V4 countries and their statements concerning the value of work. A comparison will be made among the four national groups. In the “Discussion and Conclusion” part research questions are answered and a complex indicator of the value of work is constructed. The conclusion also contains a reference to Inglehart’s theory and an answer concerning the question in which direction the values of work of the young generation in V4 countries are heading.


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