Recession, HR and Growth

Type/nr A20/11
Skrevet av Lasse B. Lien and Tore Hillestad

We document how the recession in the wake of the financial crisis created a general surge in pro-change attitudes and behavior. Next, we examine variation across firms with respect to this change boost. In particular, we focus on how and why a firm`s use of HR-measures such as training, pay changes and layoffs matters. We find that training and layoffs increase the relative size of the effect, while pay cuts reduce it. We make sense of these findings by looking at managers' choice among HR-measures as a signal used by employees to determine their employment risk. The level of employment risk is in turn linked to employees' investments in change in a nonlinear, U-shaped fashion.

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