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Culture, work attitudes, and job search: evidence from the Swiss language border


Eugster, Beatrix; Lalive, Rafael; Steinhauer, Andreas; Zweimüller, Josef (2017). Culture, work attitudes, and job search: evidence from the Swiss language border. Journal of the European Economic Association:online.

Abstract

Unemployment varies across space and in time. Can attitudes toward work explain some of these differences? We study job search durations along the Swiss language border, sharply separating Romance language speakers from German speakers. According to surveys and voting results, the language border separates two social groups with different cultural background and attitudes toward work. Despite similar local labor markets and identical institutions, Romance language speakers search for work almost seven weeks (or 22%) longer than their German speaking neighbors. This is a quantitatively large effect, comparable to a large change in unemployment insurance generosity.

Abstract

Unemployment varies across space and in time. Can attitudes toward work explain some of these differences? We study job search durations along the Swiss language border, sharply separating Romance language speakers from German speakers. According to surveys and voting results, the language border separates two social groups with different cultural background and attitudes toward work. Despite similar local labor markets and identical institutions, Romance language speakers search for work almost seven weeks (or 22%) longer than their German speaking neighbors. This is a quantitatively large effect, comparable to a large change in unemployment insurance generosity.

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Other titles:Does culture affect unemployment? Evidence from the "Röstigraben" Do work attitudes matter for job research
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:February 2017
Deposited On:22 Aug 2017 10:48
Last Modified:30 Aug 2017 03:07
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1542-4766
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvw024
Related URLs:https://academic.oup.com/jeea/article/2965617/Culture-Work-Attitudes-and-Job-Search-Evidence?searchresult=1

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