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Gregariousness, Interactive Jobs and Wages

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  • Friedhelm Pfeiffer
  • Nico Johannes Schulz

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Gregariousness is an important aspect of human life with implications for labour market outcomes. The paper examines, to the best of our knowledge for the first time for Germany, gregariousness and social interaction at the workplace and associated wage differentials. Our empirical findings with samples from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) demonstrate that gregarious people more often work in jobs with social interaction. Furthermore, females tend to work more often in interactive jobs compared to males. There is evidence that working in an interactive job is associated with a compensating negative wage differential of 7 percent for women and non for men. Implications for wage policy are discussed.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 363.

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Length: 23 p.
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp363

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Keywords: Gregariousness; social interactions; labour markets; sorting; wage differentials;

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