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Self-selection and the power of incentive schemes: an experimental study

  • Jana Vyrastekova
  • Sander Onderstal
  • Pierre Koning

We examine how self-selection of workers depends on the power of incentive schemes and how it affects team performance if the power of the incentive schemes is increased. In a laboratory experiment, we let subjects choose between (low-powered) team incentives and (high-powered) individual incentives. We observe that subjects exhibiting high trust or reciprocity in the trust game are more likely to choose team incentives. When exposed to individual incentives, subjects who chose team incentives perform worse if both the unobservable interdependency between their efforts and their incentive to cooperate under team incentives are high.

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Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 32 (November)
Pages: 4211-4219

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DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2011.587787
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