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The effect of charitable giving on workers’ performance: Experimental evidence

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  • Charness, Gary
  • Cobo-Reyes, Ramón
  • Sánchez, Ángela

We investigate how donating worker earnings for voluntary extra work, a form of corporate social responsibility, affects worker behavior. Participants entered data for 60minutes, with piece-rate pay. They could then stay for up to another 30minutes; we varied the piece-rate pay and whether it was paid to the worker or to charity. When this piece-rate is high, workers produce more for own pay than when their earnings go to charity. However, with low piece-rates, this relationship reverses. There is also little difference in performance between paying workers a small amount and not paying anything at all.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 131 (2016)
Issue (Month): PA ()
Pages: 61-74

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:131:y:2016:i:pa:p:61-74
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2016.08.009
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