Identities, Conflicting Behavioural Norms and the Importance of Job Attributes

40 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009

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Giovanni Russo

VU University Amsterdam; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Edwin A.J. Hooft

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Institute of Psychology

Abstract

The paper empirically expounds the richness of the identity approach to labor market behavior by allowing individuals to experience identity conflict. Specifically, it investigates the relationship between the importance individuals attach to labor-market activities ヨ which is influenced by the identity to which they adhere ヨ and their preferences for job attributes. The analysis shows that individuals who consider labor-market success as instrumental for achieving their life goals tend to attach importance to job characteristics such as pay level and career and training opportunities. Individuals for whom non-labor market activities are important and in conflict with labor market activities are found to attach importance to the possibility of working on a convenient time schedule. Moreover, consistently with the identity approach to labor-market behavior, men appear to resolve the conflict between career and non-work activities in favor of the former. Finally, unobserved factors that increase the desire to work part-time have a negative impact on the likelihood of attaching importance to training and career opportunities offered by the job.

Keywords: job attributes, social identity, role conflict, part-time

JEL Classification: J22, J24, Z13

Suggested Citation

Russo, Giovanni and Hooft, Edwin A.J., Identities, Conflicting Behavioural Norms and the Importance of Job Attributes. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4412, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489235

Giovanni Russo (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Edwin A.J. Hooft

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Institute of Psychology ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

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