Publication Date

September 1992


Ghiselli (1974) observed that some workers possess internal impulses to migrate from one job to another irrespective of better alternatives or other apparently rational motives. Ghiselli labeled this tendency the "hobo syndrome." The present study tested the validity of the hobo syndrome using a national longitudinal sample of young workers. Results of event history analyses indicated support for the hypothesis that turnover depends on the number of times an individual has left his or her job in the past. Implications of the results are discussed.


Suggested Citation
Judge, T. A., & Wantanabe, S. (1992). A test of Ghiselli's "hobo syndrome" (CAHRS Working Paper #92-38). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.