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Corporate Social Responsibility in the work place - Experimental evidence on CSR from a gift-exchange game

  • Hannes Koppel


    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)

  • Tobias Regner

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)

We analyze the effect of investments in corporate social responsibility (CSR) on workers' motivation. In our experiment, a gift exchange game variant, CSR is captured by donating a certain share of profits to a charity. We are testing for CSR effects by varying the possible share of profits given away. Additionally, we investigate the effect of a mission match, i.e., a worker prefering the same charity the firm is actually donating to. Our results show that on average workers reciprocate investments into CSR with increased effort. A mission match does result in higher effort, but only when investment into CSR is high.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2011-030.

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