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Cooperation in the Cockpit: Evidence of Reciprocity and Trust among Swiss Air Force Pilots

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  • Beat Hedinger

    () (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)

  • Lorenz Goette

    () (Economic Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston)

Abstract

Cooperation between workers is important for firms. Cooperation can be maintained through positive or negative reciprocity between workers. In an environment where cooperation yields high efficiency gains negative reciprocity may, however, result in high costs for firms. Therefore positive reciprocity should be prevailing in these environments. To test this assumption we conduct experiments with Swiss Air Force pilots and a student reference group. We find that pilots’ cooperation is based on stronger positive reciprocal behaviour. We conclude that Swiss Air Force pilots maintain team-work with high levels of positive reciprocity, regardless of the identity of their partner.

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  • Beat Hedinger & Lorenz Goette, 2006. "Cooperation in the Cockpit: Evidence of Reciprocity and Trust among Swiss Air Force Pilots," Working Papers 0066, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  • Handle: RePEc:iso:wpaper:0066
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    1. Stephen V. Burks & Daniele Nosenzo & Jon Anderson & Matthew Bombyk & Derek Ganzhorn & Lorenz Goette & Aldo Rustichini, 2015. "Lab Measures of Other-Regarding Preferences Can Predict Some Related on-the-Job Behavior: Evidence from a Large Scale Field Experiment," Discussion Papers 2015-21, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.

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    Keywords

    Trust; Reciprocity;

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    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments

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