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Maintaining (locus of) control? Assessing the impact of locus of control on education decisions and wages

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  • Piatek, Rémi
  • Pinger, Pia R.

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This paper establishes that individuals with an internal locus of control, i.e., who believe that reinforcement in life comes from their own actions instead of being determined by luck or destiny, earn higher wages. However, this positive effect only translates into labor income via the channel of education. Factor structure models are implemented on an augmented data set coming from two different samples. By so doing, we are able to correct for potential biases that arise due to reverse causality and spurious correlation, and to investigate the impact of premarket locus of control on later outcomes. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 10-093.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:10093

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Keywords: locus of control; wages; latent factor model; data set combination;

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  1. James J. Heckman & Stefano Mosso, 2014. "The Economics of Human Development and Social Mobility," NBER Working Papers 19925, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Michael Weinhardt & Jürgen Schupp, 2011. "Multi-Itemskalen im SOEP Jugendfragebogen," Data Documentation 60, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  3. Schurer, Stefanie, 2014. "Bouncing Back from Health Shocks: Locus of Control, Labor Supply, and Mortality," IZA Discussion Papers 8203, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Judith Offerhaus, 2013. "The Type to Train?: Impacts of Personality Characteristics on Further Training Participation," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 531, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  5. McGee, Andrew & McGee, Peter, 2011. "Search, Effort, and Locus of Control," IZA Discussion Papers 5948, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Thiel, Hendrik & Thomsen, Stephan L., 2009. "Noncognitive skills in economics: Models, measurement, and empirical evidence," ZEW Discussion Papers 09-076, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  7. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Sonja C. Kassenboehmer & Mathias G. Sinning, 2014. "Locus of Control and Savings," Discussion Papers Series 498, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  8. John, Katrin & Thomsen, Stephan L., 2012. "Heterogeneous Returns to Personality - The Role of Occupational Choice," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-495, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  9. Dahmann, Sarah & Anger, Silke, 2014. "The Impact of Education on Personality: Evidence from a German High School Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 8139, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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