Default options and training participation

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Author: Borghans, Lex; Golsteyn, Bart H. H.


This paper analyzes whether defaults affect the choice for courses followed at work. In addition, we analyze whether the size of the default effect varies with employees' personality and skill-deficiencies. We perform an experiment in which workers are hypothetically offered three courses which they can accept or exchange for other courses. Randomizing the default package of courses, we identify the default effect. Default courses are chosen approximately three times more often than other courses. They are chosen more often if people have skill-deficiencies in these courses, suggesting...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Employment; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Decision making; Workplace education and training; Human capital

Geographic subjects: Netherlands; Europe

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2013

Physical description: 17 p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 7214

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 111.593

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