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The acceptance of earnings losses after voluntary mobility

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  • Schneck, Stefan

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Because rational individuals know that they cannot always get what they want, they are assumed to make appropriate adjustments. However, little is known about trade-off reasoning in labor market mobility decision making. The objective of this paper is to analyze the effect of commuting on the decision to voluntarily accept wage cuts. Application of German household data reveals that workers are more likely to accept lower wages when daily commuting expenses can be reduced. In other words, workers trade off amenities and monetary rewards when changing employers. --

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Economics Discussion Papers with number 2010-21.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: Mobility; wage cut; quit;

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  1. Thomas Corneli├čen, 2009. "The Interaction of Job Satisfaction, Job Search, and Job Changes. An Empirical Investigation with German Panel Data," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 367-384, June.
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