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Creative Production and Exchange of Ideas

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  • Iryna Sikora

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This paper explores how exposure to the ideas of others is embraced in creative-process technology. We report evidence from a two-stage real-effort lab experiment, in which subjects perform creative idea-generation tasks. In the  first stage, we control whether the output of other players is observed; this design allows us to quantify the effect of new ideas on creative productivity. In the second stage, we make ideas costly and elicit the subject's Âwillingness to pay for them. We characterize investment behaviour in this creative environment by comparing expected monetary bene ts from increased productivity to the cost of exposure. Our results show that observing output of others boosts productivity in creative tasks, but only when it discloses previously unknown items and the output of low creative-ability players is not found to be benefi cial. When ideas become costly, subjects do not act in a pro t-maximizing way. We fi nd that they pursue lower costs and systematically overinvest in output of less creative players. This effect is more pronounced for females, risk-averse, more self-confident subjects and those of lower creative ability. As ideas of less creative participants are rarely original, this behaviour does not lead to the highest possible level of creative production in aggregate.

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  • Iryna Sikora, 2015. "Creative Production and Exchange of Ideas," 2015 Papers psi700, Job Market Papers.
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    1. A. Alventosa & Y. Gómez & V. Martínez-Molés & J. Vila, 2016. "Location and Innovation Optimism: a Behavioral-Experimental Approach," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 7(4), pages 890-904, December.

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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis

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