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Helping under a Combination of Team and Tournament Incentives

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  • Danilov, Anastasia

    (University of Cologne)

  • Irlenbusch, Bernd

    (University of Cologne)

  • Harbring, Christine

    (RWTH Aachen University)

Abstract

We study how help can be fostered by means of a team bonus in the presence of rank-order tournaments. In a simple model we combine elements of relative rewards and a team bonus and study their effect on effort, help and sabotage. Quite intuitively the theoretical analysis suggests that team members help less as relative rewards increase. This problem is mitigated by a team bonus that is proportional to the output of the whole team. We compare different parameter constellations of the theoretical benchmark with behavior observed in a one-shot experiment.

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  • Danilov, Anastasia & Irlenbusch, Bernd & Harbring, Christine, 2019. "Helping under a Combination of Team and Tournament Incentives," IZA Discussion Papers 12267, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    help; relative rewards; team incentives; experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior

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