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Locus of Control and Mothers’ Return to Employment

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  • Eva M. Berger

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    (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

  • Luke Haywood

    (DIW Berlin (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung))

This paper investigates the effect of locus of control (LOC) on the length of mothers’ employment break after childbirth. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), duration data reveals that women with an internal LOC return to employment more quickly than women with an external LOC.We ?nd that this effect is particularly pronounced in jobs in which the penalties in terms of lower wage growth are highest. We thus argue that the effect of LOC on return is mainly related to differential appreciation of the career costs of longer maternity leave.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: 2016
Date of revision: 2016
Handle: RePEc:jgu:wpaper:1614
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