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Teams Make You Smarter: Learning and Knowledge Transfer in Auctions and Markets by Teams and Individuals

  • Maciejovsky, Boris

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    (Imperial College London)

  • Sutter, Matthias

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    (University of Cologne)

  • Budescu, David V.

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    (Fordham University)

  • Bernau, Patrick

    ()

    (University of Cologne)

We study the impact of team decision making on market behavior and its consequences for subsequent individual performance in the Wason selection task, the single-most studied reasoning task. We reformulated the task in terms of "assets" in a market context. Teams of traders learn the task’s solution faster than individuals and achieve this with weaker, less specific, performance feedback. Some teams even perform better than the best individuals. The experience of team decision-making in the market also creates positive knowledge spillovers for post-market individual performance in solving new Wason tasks, implying that team experiences enhance individual problem-solving skills.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5105.

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Date of creation: Aug 2010
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  1. Urs Fischbacher, 2007. "z-Tree: Zurich toolbox for ready-made economic experiments," Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 171-178, June.
  2. David V. Budescu & Boris Maciejovsky, 2004. "The Effect of Monetary Feedback and Information Spillovers on Cognitive Errors: Evidence from Competitive Markets," Papers on Strategic Interaction 2004-32, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.
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