The Effects of Training on Own and Co‐Worker Productivity: Evidence from a Field Experiment

24 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2012

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Andries de Grip

Maastricht School of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jan Sauermann

SOFI, Stockholm University; IZA; Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

This article identifies the effects of work‐related training on worker productivity by exploiting a field experiment that randomly assigns workers to treatment and control groups combined with data on worker performance before and after training. We find that participation in the training programme leads to a 10% increase in performance. Moreover, we provide experimental evidence for externalities from training: An increase of 10 percentage points in the share of treated peers improves a worker's performance by 0.51%. Furthermore, we find that the performance increase is not due to lower quality provided by the worker.

Suggested Citation

de Grip, Andries and Sauermann, Jan, The Effects of Training on Own and Co‐Worker Productivity: Evidence from a Field Experiment (May 2012). The Economic Journal, Vol. 122, Issue 560, pp. 376-399, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042926 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2012.02500.x

Andries De Grip (Contact Author)

Maastricht School of Business and Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Jan Sauermann

SOFI, Stockholm University ( email )

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IZA ( email )

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Germany

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

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Maastricht MD6200
Netherlands

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