Overconfidence Increases Productivity
AbstractRecent studies report that productivity increases under tournament reward structures than under piece rate reward structures. We conduct maze-solving experiments under both reward structures and reveal that overconfidence is a significant factor in increasing productivity. Specifically, subjects exhibiting progressively higher degrees of overconfidence solve more mazes. This result shows a positive aspect of overconfidence, which usually has been examined in its negative aspect as an expectation bias.
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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2011
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- NEP-ALL-2011-08-09 (All new papers)
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- NEP-EXP-2011-08-09 (Experimental Economics)
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