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Trust and Control at the Workplace: Evidence from Representative Samples of Employees in Europe

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  • Grund, Christian

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    (RWTH Aachen University)

  • Harbring, Christine

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    (RWTH Aachen University)

Abstract

Based on two representative samples of employees, the German Socio Economic Panel and the European Social Survey, we explore the relation between certain measures of control in employment relationships (i.e. working time regulations, use of performance appraisal systems, monitoring by supervisors, autonomy to organize the work) and individuals’ inclination to trust others. Trust is measured by the general trust question like in most other economic studies based on surveys. We find that strict working time regulations, monitoring and lack of autonomy – all indicators for control at the workplace – are negatively related to trust. Moreover, we contribute to the literature on trust by gathering hints to other potential determinants of trust.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4297.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Journal of Economics and Statistics - Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4297

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Keywords: regulation of working time; autonomy; control; monitoring; performance appraisal; trust;

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  1. Sarah Brown & Jolian McHardy & Karl Taylor, 2013. "Employee Trust and Workplace Performance," Working Papers 2013012, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics.

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