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Unemployment duration and personality

  • Uysal, Selver Derya
  • Pohlmeier, Winfried

This paper focuses on the role personality traits play in determining individual unemployment duration. We argue that a worker’s job search intensity is decisively driven by her personality traits, reflected in her propensity to motivate and control herself while searching for a job. Moreover, personality traits, in as far as they can be signaled to a potential employer, may also enhance the probability of receiving and accepting a job offer.

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Volume (Year): 32 (2011)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 980-992

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