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Culture and work attitude: variations in unemployment duration across the Swiss language border


Zweimüller, Josef (2018). Culture and work attitude: variations in unemployment duration across the Swiss language border. Zurich, Switzerland: UBS International Center of Economics in Society, University of Zurich.

Abstract

To what extent can differences in culture and attitudes towards work explain differences in unemployment across time and space? This policy brief examines variations in the time that unemployed people in Switzerland spend looking for work, comparing residents of Swiss nationality who speak German with residents who speak French or Italian. According to survey evidence and voting results, the Swiss language border separates two social groups with different cultural backgrounds and attitudes towards work. Despite similar local labor markets, French and Italian speakers who lose their job spend almost seven weeks longer in unemployment than their German-speaking neighbors. This effect is comparable to a large increase in the generosity of unemployment insurance.

Abstract

To what extent can differences in culture and attitudes towards work explain differences in unemployment across time and space? This policy brief examines variations in the time that unemployed people in Switzerland spend looking for work, comparing residents of Swiss nationality who speak German with residents who speak French or Italian. According to survey evidence and voting results, the Swiss language border separates two social groups with different cultural backgrounds and attitudes towards work. Despite similar local labor markets, French and Italian speakers who lose their job spend almost seven weeks longer in unemployment than their German-speaking neighbors. This effect is comparable to a large increase in the generosity of unemployment insurance.

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Item Type:Published Research Report
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
03 Faculty of Economics > UBS International Center of Economics in Society
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:23 Jan 2019 08:29
Last Modified:06 May 2019 10:36
Publisher:UBS International Center of Economics in Society, University of Zurich
Series Name:UBS Center Policy Brief Series
Number of Pages:8
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://www.ubscenter.uzh.ch/en/publications/policy_briefs.html

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