Mellowing with Tenure? Socialization Increases Prosocial Behavior in Public Organizations

Sheheryar Banuri, Philip Keefer

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperiments in Organizational Economics
EditorsSebastian J. Goerg, John R. Hamman
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78560-963-3
ISBN (Print)978-1785609640, 1785609645
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameResearch in Experimental Economics

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