Locus of Control and Mothers' Return to Employment

54 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2016

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Eva M. Berger

University of Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management

Luke Haywood

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: June 2016

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of locus of control (LOC) on the length of mothers’ employment break after childbirth. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), duration data reveals that women with an internal LOC return to employment more quickly than women with an external LOC. We find evidence that this effect is mainly related to differential appreciation of the career costs of longer maternity leave. Given the high level of job protection enjoyed by mothers in Germany, economic consequences of differences in this non-cognitive skill can be expected to be larger in other settings.

Keywords: Locus of Control, Non-cognitive skills, personality, maternal employment, female labor supply, survival analysis

JEL Classification: J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Berger, Eva M. and Haywood, Luke, Locus of Control and Mothers' Return to Employment (June 2016). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1586, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2793734 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2793734

Eva M. Berger (Contact Author)

University of Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management ( email )

Mainz
Germany

Luke Haywood

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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