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    Culture, Work Attitudes and Job Search: Evidence from the Swiss Language Border
    (Oxford University Press, 2017-10) ;
    Lalive, Rafael
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    Steinhauer, Andreas
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    Zweimüller, Josef
    Unemployment varies across space and in time. Can attitudes towards work explain some of these differences? We study job search durations along the Swiss language border, sharply separating Romance language speakers from German speakers. According to surveys and voting results, the language border separates two social groups with different cultural background and attitudes towards work. Despite similar local labor markets and identical institutions, Romance language speakers search for work almost seven weeks (or 22%) longer than their German speaking neighbors. This is a quantitatively large effect, comparable to a large change in unemployment insurance generosity.
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    Scopus© Citations 51
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    The Demand for Social Insurance: Does Culture Matter?
    (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011-11-01) ;
    Lalive, Rafael
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    Steinhauer, Andreas
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    Zweimüller, Josef
    Does culture shape the demand for social insurance against risks to health and work? We study this issue across language groups in Switzerland where a language border sharply separates social groups at identical actual levels of publicly provided social insurance. We find substantially stronger support for expansions of social insurance among residents of French, Italian or Romansh-speaking language border municipalities compared with their German-speaking neighbours in adjacent municipalities. Informal insurance does not vary enough to explain stark differences in social insurance but differences in ideology and segmented media markets potentially contribute to the discrepancy in demand for social insurance.
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    Scopus© Citations 65