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Reciprocity and Workers' Tastes for Representation

  • Uwe Jirjahn
  • Vanessa Lange

Using unique survey data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, this study examines the influence of reciprocal inclinations on workers' sorting into codetermined firms. Employees with strong negative reciprocal inclinations are more likely to work in firms with a works council while employees with strong positive reciprocal inclinations are less likely to work in such firms. We argue that these findings conform to hypotheses derived from the experimental literature. Moreover, the results show striking gender differences in the relationship between reciprocity and taste for representation. These differences can be partially explained by gender-specific differences in the average degree of labor force attachment.

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Paper provided by University of Trier, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2011-07.

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Date of creation: 2011
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