Publications and Projects

Peer-Reviewed journal articles


Working Papers

Preuss, M. and Hennecke, J. (2017) – Biased by Success and Failure: How Unemployment Shapes Stated Locus of Control. SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research. No. 943. DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). [Details & Download]

other versions: Preuss and Hennecke (2017) –  Biased by Success and Failure: How Unemployment Shapes Stated Locus of Control. Freie Universität Berlin. School of Business & Economics. Discussion Paper. No. 2017/29. [Details & Download]

Caliendo, M., Cobb-Clark, D.A., Hennecke, J. and Uhlendorff, A. (2015) –  Job Search, Locus of Control, and Internal Migration. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9600. [Details & Download]

other versions: Caliendo et al. (2016) –  Job Search, Locus of Control, and Internal Migration. SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research No.818, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). [Details & Download]

Work in Progress

The Independent Woman – Locus of Control and Female Labor Force Participation (job-market paper)


The research on female labor force participation (FLFP) has a long tradition. While the majority of studies relies on pecuniary incentives to explain the labor supply decision of women, the research on non-pecuniary factors is still relatively scarce in empirical labor economics. Based on existing findings from other important issues of labor economics such as mobility, job-search, occupational choice and human capital investment, this paper focuses on the role of the personality trait locus of control (LOC) for the explanation of FLFP. I introduce LOC into the individual labor supply equation of women by assuming that it affects the weighting of own wage earnings and other sources of income — such as partners earnings — as well as potential costs of working — such as childcare costs — in the theoretical part of the paper. Based on the developed hypotheses, I empirically analyses whether LOC moderates the effect of marriage, partners earnings and children on a womens probability to participate in the labor force using German panel data from the SOEP. Using a simple logit estimation, I find a significant difference in the effect of being married, partners income and children on FLFP by LOC controlling for a large amount of individual socio-economic characteristics. Internal Women are on average significantly less likely to be negatively affected in their LFP by their partners or the existence of children. This results are in large parts also confirmed if advanced panel data methods such as fixed-effects and correlated random-effects estimations are applied.


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