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Identities, Conflicting Behavioural Norms and the Importance of Job Attributes

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  • Russo, Giovanni

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    (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop))

  • van Hooft, Edwin

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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    The paper empirically expounds the richness of the identity approach to labor market behavior by allowing individuals to experience identity conflict. Specifically, it investigates the relationship between the importance individuals attach to labor-market activities – which is influenced by the identity to which they adhere – and their preferences for job attributes. The analysis shows that individuals who consider labor-market success as instrumental for achieving their life goals tend to attach importance to job characteristics such as pay level and career and training opportunities. Individuals for whom non-labor market activities are important and in conflict with labor market activities are found to attach importance to the possibility of working on a convenient time schedule. Moreover, consistently with the identity approach to labor-market behavior, men appear to resolve the conflict between career and non-work activities in favor of the former. Finally, unobserved factors that increase the desire to work part-time have a negative impact on the likelihood of attaching importance to training and career opportunities offered by the job.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4412.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2009
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    Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2011, 32 (1), 103-119
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4412

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    Keywords: role conflict; social identity; job attributes; part-time;

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    Cited by:
    1. Constant, Amelie F. & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2009. "Migration, Ethnicity and Economic Integration," IZA Discussion Papers 4620, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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