Mellowing With Tenure? Socialization Increases Prosocial Behavior in Public Organizations

18 Pages Posted: 21 May 2019

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Sheheryar Banuri

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economic and Social Studies; University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS)

Philip Keefer

Inter-American Development Bank

Date Written: June 1, 2016

Abstract

Recent research suggests that prosocial organizations are likely to have more prosocial employees, and that this match plays a significant role in organization contracting practices and productivity – for example, in government. Evidence suggests that selection plays a role: prosocial employees are more likely to join prosocial organizations. In this paper, we ask whether prosocial behavior increases with tenure in prosocial organizations. Using a unique sample of nearly 300 mid-career Indonesian public officials, we find that subjects with longer tenure in the public sector exhibit greater prosocial behavior.

Keywords: Prosocial motivation; public sector; effort

Suggested Citation

Banuri, Sheheryar and Keefer, Philip, Mellowing With Tenure? Socialization Increases Prosocial Behavior in Public Organizations (June 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3377954 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3377954

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