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Prizes versus Wages with Envy and Pride

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We show that if agents are risk neutral, prizes outperform wages if and only if there is sufficient pride and envy relative to the noisiness of performance. If agents are risk averse, prizes are a necessary supplement to wages (as bonuses).

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  • Pradeep Dubey & John Geanakoplos & Ori Haimanko, 2011. "Prizes versus Wages with Envy and Pride," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1835, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
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    Keywords

    Envy; Pride; Wages; Prizes; Bonus;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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