Title: Job seekers' search intensity and wage flexibility: Does age matter?
Authors: De Coen, An ×
Forrier, Anneleen
De Cuyper, Nele
Sels, Luc #
Issue Date: Feb-2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Series Title: Ageing & Society vol:35 issue:2 pages:346-366
Abstract: Although studies on job search implicitly presume that relationships between antecedents and indicators of job search are similar for job seekers from different ages, few studies have tested this assumption even though lifespan theories state that individual motives and behaviour significantly change as people age. From this theoretical perspective, we examine how age moderates the relationships between re-employment efficacy, employment commitment and financial hardship, on the one hand, and job search intensity and wage flexibility, on the other hand. Path analysis on a sample of 240 Belgian job seekers who were at the start of an outplacement programme showed that re-employment efficacy relates positively to job search intensity and wage flexibility for older job seekers, while we find negative relationships for younger job seekers. For employment commitment and financial hardship, we do not find any interaction effects with age. Employment commitment relates positively to search intensity, whereas financial hardship relates negatively to wage flexibility, irrespective of age. We discuss implications for theory, practice and future research.
ISSN: 0144-686X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Department of Human Resources Management, Campus Carolus Antwerp
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Occupational & Organisational Psychology and Professional Learning - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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