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The Effects of Training on Own and Co-Worker Productivity: Evidence from a Field Experiment

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  • Andries De Grip

    (Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht University and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn)

  • Jan Sauermann

    (Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), Maastricht University)

Abstract

This paper analyses the effects of work-related training on worker productivity. To identify the causal effects from training, we combine a field experiment that randomly assigns workers to treatment and control groups with panel data on individual worker performance before and after training. We find that participation in the training programme leads to a 10 percent increase in performance. Moreover, we provide experimental evidence for externalities from treated workers on their untreated teammates: An increase of 10 percentage points in the share of treated peers leads to a performance increase of 0.51 percent. We provide evidence that the estimated effects are causal and not the result of employee selection into and out of training. Furthermore, we find that the performance increase is not due to lower quality provided by the worker.

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  • Andries De Grip & Jan Sauermann, 2011. "The Effects of Training on Own and Co-Worker Productivity: Evidence from a Field Experiment," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0067, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
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    Keywords

    Training; field experiment; peer effects; productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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