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Kube, Sebastian, Maréchal, Michel André, and Puppe, Clemens. Replication data for: The Currency of Reciprocity: Gift Exchange in the Workplace. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-11.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary What determines reciprocity in employment relations? We conducted a controlled field experiment to measure the extent to which monetary and nonmonetary gifts affect workers' performance. We find that nonmonetary gifts have a much stronger impact than monetary gifts of equivalent value. We also observe that when workers are offered the choice, they prefer receiving money, but reciprocate as if they received a nonmonetary gift. This result is consistent with the common saying, "it's the thought that counts." We underline this point by showing that monetary gifts can effectively trigger reciprocity if the employer invests more time and effort into the gift's presentation.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms in-kind; non-monetary compensation; Reciprocity; Gift Exchange; Field Experiment
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      D64 Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
      J33 Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
      J53 Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Germany
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 2007 – 2010 (May 2007, July and August 2010)
Universe:  View help for Universe Recruited student helpers at a German University
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) experimental data


Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Individual workers,

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