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Do your brains help you out of unemployment?

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  • Heineck, Guido

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This study examines the relationship between individuals' cognitive abilities, unemployment propensity and unemployment entry or exit. Cognitive skills only weakly affect unemployment propensity and contribute little to individual heterogeneity. They, however, help employed males to stay out of unemployment.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 111 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 34-36

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:111:y:2011:i:1:p:34-36

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Keywords: Cognitive skills Unemployment;

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Cited by:
  1. Maite Blázquez Cuesta & Santiago Budria, 2012. "Unemployment Persistence: How Important Are Non-cognitive Skills?," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 513, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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