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Unemployment and personality: Are conscientiousness and agreeableness related to employability?

Carina Engelhardt

Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) from Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Abstract: This paper shows that unemployment and (some) personality traits are related. Individuals with low scores in the Big Five dimensions conscientiousness and agreeableness have a higher probability of being unemployed, longer unemployment durations, and experience more status changes between employment and unemployment. Results suggest that personality is an important determinant of women’s risk of unemployment, but for men personality is more a matter of job keeping.

Keywords: Noncognitive skills; Persnonality; Unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H53 D31 J64 C38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-12
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