Training Without Certification: An Experimental Study

34 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2009

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Nadege Marchand

Groupe d' Analyse et de Theorie Economique (GATE)

Claude Montmarquette

Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

Our study considers the question of training in firms using an experimental laboratory approach. We investigate the following questions: What conditions, excluding external certification, will bring workers and employers to cooperate and share a rent generated by the workers' training? What conditions will induce workers to accept the training offer, for employers to initially offer the training and to reward the trained workers in the last stage of the game? We analyse the impact of the size of the rent created by training and the existence of an information system on employer reputation rewarding trained employees. Reputation does matter to induce cooperation, but in the absence of external institutions, coordination on the optimal outcome remains difficult.

Keywords: general and specific training in firms, accreditation, cooperation and reputation, experimental economics

JEL Classification: C91, I29

Suggested Citation

Marchand, Nadege and Montmarquette, Claude, Training Without Certification: An Experimental Study (January 1, 2008). CIRANO - Scientific Publications 2008s-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1329988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1329988

Nadege Marchand

Groupe d' Analyse et de Theorie Economique (GATE) ( email )

CNRS UMR 5824
93, chemin des Mouilles - B.P.167
69130 Ecully cedex
France

Claude Montmarquette (Contact Author)

Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO) ( email )

2020 rue University, 25th Floor
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada
(514) 985-4015 (Phone)
(514) 985-4039 (Fax)

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