Frequent job changes can signal poor work attitude and reduce employability

A Cohn, MA Marechal, Frederic-Guillaume Schneider & RA Weber
We study whether employment history provides information about a worker’s “work attitude,” i.e., the tendency to act cooperatively and reliably in the workplace. We conjecture that, holding all else equal, frequent job changes can indicate poor work attitude and that this information is transmitted through employment histories. We find support for this hypothesis across three studies that employ complementary lab, field, and survey experiments, as well as in labor market panel data. First, a tightly...
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