Fix your attitude: Labor-market consequences of poor attitude and low self-esteem in youth

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Title: Fix your attitude: Labor-market consequences of poor attitude and low self-esteem in youth
Author: Waddell, Glen R.
Abstract: Using longitudinal data on a cohort of high-school graduates, I show that individuals who reveal poor attitudes and low self-esteem as high-school students attain fewer years of post-secondary education relative to their high-school cohort, are less likely to be employed for pay fourteen years following high school and, where working for pay, realize lower earnings. Further, I find evidence that poor attitude and esteem in high school are significant predictors of the degree of supervision under which individuals ultimately work. Poor attitude and esteem in youth are also closely associated with jobs that require individuals to spend their time working more with things, as opposed to people, for example. These relationships suggest that real economic consequence exist in fostering positive attitude and esteem in youth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/134
Date: 2003-09


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