Self-Regulation Training, Labor Market Reintegration of Unemployed Individuals, and Locus of Control - Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment

35 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2017

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Eva M. Berger

University of Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management

Guenther Koenig

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Henning Hermes

NHH Bergen (FAIR / Department of Economics); IZA

Felix Schmidt

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Daniel Schunk

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management; University of Zurich - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 19, 2016

Abstract

Recent evidence suggests that self-regulation plays an important role for labor market success. We conducted a randomized natural field experiment embedded in an existing labor market reactivation program to examine the effect of a self-regulation training on long-term unemployed individuals. First, we find a positive treatment effect on the quality of submitted CVs. Second, there is no overall treatment effect on (short-term) labor market reintegration, but heterogeneous effects with respect to participants’ Locus of Control that are consistent with psychological theory. The low costs of our intervention suggest high individual and social rates of return from a roll-out to other programs.

Keywords: active labor market policy, natural field experiment, Germany, labor market reintegration, unemployment, reemployment, self-regulation, locus of control, non-cognitive skills

JEL Classification: C930, J240, J640

Suggested Citation

Berger, Eva M. and Koenig, Guenther and Hermes, Henning and Schmidt, Felix and Schunk, Daniel, Self-Regulation Training, Labor Market Reintegration of Unemployed Individuals, and Locus of Control - Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment (December 19, 2016). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6246. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2906253

Eva M. Berger

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

Mainz
Germany

Guenther Koenig

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz ( email )

Saarstrasse 21
Mainz, D-55099
Germany

Henning Hermes

NHH Bergen (FAIR / Department of Economics) ( email )

Helleveien 30
Bergen, NO-5045
Norway

IZA ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Felix Schmidt

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz ( email )

Saarstrasse 21
Mainz, D-55099
Germany

Daniel Schunk (Contact Author)

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

Mainz
Germany

University of Zurich - Department of Economics ( email )

Bluemlisalpstr. 10
Zurich, 8006
Switzerland

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