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  • Golsteyn B.H.H.
  • Borghans L.

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    This paper analyzes whether defaults aff ect the choice for courses followed at work. In addition, we analyze whether the size of the default e ffect varies with employees' personality and skill- de ficiencies. We perform an experiment in which workers are hypothetically o ffered three courses which they can accept or exchange for other courses. Randomizing the default package of courses, we identify the default eff ect. Default courses are chosen approximately three times more often than other courses. They are chosen more often if people have skill-defi ciencies in these courses, suggesting that people consider the default to be an advice. Women choose default courses more often than men. Women with less self-confi dence and men with lower cognitive skills choose the default courses more often.

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    Paper provided by Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) in its series Research Memorandum with number 006.

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    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:umagsb:2013006

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    Keywords: Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity; Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials;

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