Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114063
Authors: 
Sauermann, Jan
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9179
Abstract: 
Workers' reciprocal behavior is one argument used to explain why firms invest in employee human capital. We explore the relation between firm-sponsored training and reciprocity by providing evidence that workers reciprocate employer training investments by making greater effort. Using a field experiment with random assignment to a training program, we show that reciprocal workers have significantly higher performance than their non-reciprocal peers after participation in the training course. This result suggests that reciprocal workers exert greater effort in response to the firm's investment.
Subjects: 
firm-sponsored training
reciprocity
field experiment
JEL: 
J24
M53
D01
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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