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Locus of Control and Job Turnover


  • Taehyun Ahn

    () (School of Economics, Sogang University, SEOUL)


In this paper, I investigate how a worker¡¯s locus of control, the perception of control over daily events, affects job-to-job and job-to-nonemployment turnover. I find that an increase in internality?the degree to which respondents believe that the outcomes of their life events are determined by their own actions versus external factors?increases job-to-job transitions. In addition, the data reveal that the annual wage growth rate and the wage gains from job-to-job transitions increase with internality. The influence of locus of control on job-to-nonemployment turnover, however, is insignificant once the worker¡¯s level of attained education is controlled for.

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  • Taehyun Ahn, 2013. "Locus of Control and Job Turnover," Working Papers 1405, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University, revised 2014.
  • Handle: RePEc:sgo:wpaper:1405

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    1. Malte Preuss & Juliane Hennecke, 2017. "Biased by Success and Failure: How Unemployment Shapes Stated Locus of Control," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 943, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
    2. Caliendo, Marco & Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. & Seitz, Helke & Uhlendorff, Arne, 2016. "Locus of Control and Investment in Training," IZA Discussion Papers 10406, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Caliendo, Marco & Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. & Hennecke, Juliane & Uhlendorff, Arne, 2015. "Job Search, Locus of Control, and Internal Migration," IZA Discussion Papers 9600, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Locus of control; turnover;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs


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