TITLE

THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAITS AND JOB SEARCH PATTERNS ON THE EARNINGS OF WORKERS AFFECTED BY PLANT CLOSURE

AUTHOR(S)
Stern, James L.; Root, Kenneth A.; Hills, Stephen M.
PUB. DATE
October 1974
SOURCE
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Oct74, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p103
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In an earlier study of the closure of one facility of a multiplant corporation, it was found that workers who transferred to another plant within the corporation earned substantially more than they would if they had chosen to be retrained for jobs with other employers in the local labor market or found such jobs without retraining. Another finding of that study was that workers who enrolled in and successfully completed MDTA institutional training courses after the plant closed did not subsequently have significantly higher annual earnings than workers who found jobs in the local labor market without retraining. That second finding gave rise to the present study, which attempts to ascertain whether the poor payoff associated with training might be attributable in part to variations in personal characteristics, psychological attributes, and job search activities that are often assumed to affect earning ability. The principal reason for undertaking this followup study was to determine whether assessments of the value of retraining and job placement by the State Employment Services could be improved by controlling for the influence of personal characteristics, psychological attributes, and job search patterns.
ACCESSION #
4459338

 

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