Gregariousness, Interactive Jobs and Wages
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); University of Mannheim - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Nico Johannes Schulz
affiliation not provided to SSRN
January 31, 2011
SOEPpaper No. 363
Gregariousness is an important aspect of human life with implications for labour market outcomes. The paper examines, to the best of our knowledge for the first time for Germany, gregariousness and social interaction at the workplace and associated wage differentials. Our empirical findings with samples from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) demonstrate that gregarious people more often work in jobs with social interaction. Furthermore, females tend to work more often in interactive jobs compared to males. There is evidence that working in an interactive job is associated with a compensating negative wage differential of 7 percent for women and non for men. Implications for wage policy are discussed.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: Gregariousness, social interactions, labour markets, sorting, wage differentials
JEL Classification: J01, J24, J31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 23, 2011
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