Corresponding author: Jan Sauermann, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Effects of Training on Own and Co-worker Productivity: Evidence from a Field Experiment*
Article first published online: 12 APR 2012
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Volume 122, Issue 560, pages 376–399, May 2012
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De Grip, A. and Sauermann, J. (2012), The Effects of Training on Own and Co-worker Productivity: Evidence from a Field Experiment. The Economic Journal, 122: 376–399. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2012.02500.x
The authors thank Iwan Barankay, Eric Bonsang, Lex Borghans, Thomas Dohmen, Dan Hamermesh, Ben Kriechel, Olivier Marie, Eric Maurin, Raymond Montizaan and three anonymous referees for helpful comments. This article was presented at Maastricht University, Education in Adulthood and the Labour Market at IAB, IWAEE 2010, EEA 2010, RWI, Advances with Field Experiments (Wharton School), RES 2011, SOLE 2011, IZA Summer School 2011 and ZEW. This article has been screened to ensure no confidential information is revealed.
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 12 APR 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 7 FEB 2012 09:16AM EST
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.