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Geld oder Anerkennung? Zur Ökonomik der Auszeichnungen


  • Bruno S. Frey


Awards are shown to be of great importance in all societies, in particular in the economy. Nevertheless, economic research has disregarded the determinants and consequences of awards. The paper argues that awards constitute a relevant extrinsic, but non-material form of reward systematically affecting work effort. Data are provided on the distribution of various types of awards in a selection of countries, discusses the differences between awards and money, and considers several possible methods such as surveys, vignette studies, laboratory and field experiments and econometric analyses of specific firms to capture the incentive effects of awards. Copyright 2010 die Autoren Journal compilation 2010, Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Bruno S. Frey, 2010. "Geld oder Anerkennung? Zur Ökonomik der Auszeichnungen," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 11(1), pages 1-15, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:11:y:2010:i:1:p:1-15

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