Trust and Control at the Workplace: Evidence from Representative Samples of Employees in Europe

28 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2009

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Christian Grund

RWTH Aachen University - School of Economics and Business Administration; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christine Harbring

University of Cologne; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Based on two representative samples of employees, the German Socio Economic Panel and the European Social Survey, we explore the relation between certain measures of control in employment relationships (i.e. working time regulations, use of performance appraisal systems, monitoring by supervisors, autonomy to organize the work) and individuals’ inclination to trust others. Trust is measured by the general trust question like in most other economic studies based on surveys. We find that strict working time regulations, monitoring and lack of autonomy – all indicators for control at the workplace – are negatively related to trust. Moreover, we contribute to the literature on trust by gathering hints to other potential determinants of trust.

Keywords: autonomy, control, monitoring, performance appraisal, regulation of working time, trust

JEL Classification: D03, J81, M12, M5

Suggested Citation

Grund, Christian and Harbring, Christine, Trust and Control at the Workplace: Evidence from Representative Samples of Employees in Europe. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4297. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434631

Christian Grund (Contact Author)

RWTH Aachen University - School of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Aachen
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Christine Harbring

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany
+ 49 (0) 221 / 470 - 7955 (Phone)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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