Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114058
Authors: 
Borghans, Lex
Golsteyn, Bart H.H.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9180
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the tendency of people to choose default options when offered courses to acquire job related skills. We ask a random sample of Dutch people aged 6-80 which three skills are most important in their (future or past) jobs. Further on in the survey, we randomly select one of the skills the respondent indicated and (hypothetically) offer the respondent a course regarding this skill. The respondent can accept this offer, but can also exchange it for a course regarding one of the two other skills indicated. Our findings indicate that people generally have a strong tendency to choose the default option. This effect is similar across gender and education level. It appears that the effect of the default option is less strong around age 30 and declines after age 60.
Subjects: 
training
human capital
default option
experiment
JEL: 
J24
J31
I2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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