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Flying Airplanes: Realizing Circadian Effects (FARCE)

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  • David L. Dickinson
  • Todd McElroy

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People differ in their diurnal (time-of-day) preferences—some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which subjects are randomly assigned to produce paper airplanes at either 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 p.m. Our results show that evening-types at their more optimal time-of-day (10:00 p.m.) produce planes that fly statistically significantly farther than those produced by morning-types at their more optimal time-of-day (8:00 a.m.). Evidence also indicates that planes produced by evening-types fly straighter. These results have implications for hiring practices and shift work design in aeronautical engineering and aircraft production. Key Words:

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  • David L. Dickinson & Todd McElroy, 2009. "Flying Airplanes: Realizing Circadian Effects (FARCE)," Working Papers 09-16, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:apl:wpaper:09-16
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    1. Robert J. Oxoby, 2009. "On The Efficiency Of Ac/Dc: Bon Scott Versus Brian Johnson," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 47(3), pages 598-602, July.
    2. David L. Dickinson & Todd McElroy, 2009. "Naturally-occurring sleep choice and time of day effects on p-beauty contest outcomes," Working Papers 09-03, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
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    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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