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Authors: 
Thum-Thysen, Anna
Year of Publication: 
2016
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Migration [ISSN:] 2193-9039 [Volume:] 5 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 16 [Pages:] 1-25
Abstract: 
Labour market integration is a social process suggesting that personality traits are relevant. This paper explores whether immigrants with a higher belief in their ability to control outcomes tend to be more likely to be employed. This trait is known in psychology as the locus of control (LOC). I employ a model framework that allows LOC to depend on a set of observable determining variables. Results indicate that sense of personal control is correlated with employment probability and that there is a risk that immigrants and their children tend to have a more externalized LOC. Mother's education is a key factor correlated with the sense of personal control.
Subjects: 
Personality
Labour market
Unemployment
JEL: 
J15
J24
M59
Z13
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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