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Skill Diversity and Leadership in Team Production

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  • Hattori, Keisuke
  • Yamada, Mai

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Using a team-production model with heterogeneous workers, we examine the short- and long-run efficiency effects of skill diversity and leadership in teams. Our analysis focuses on workers' strategic incentives to manipulate their skills. In the short run, heterogeneous pairing (pairing workers with different skills) yields a greater total production than homogeneous pairing. However, in the long run, homogeneous paring may yield a greater total production because of gradual improvements in workers' skill. We also show new potential benefits of leadership: assigning a leader to a team yields a smaller total production in the short run, but, a greater production in the long run by preventing workers from consistently reducing their skills.

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  • Hattori, Keisuke & Yamada, Mai, 2013. "Skill Diversity and Leadership in Team Production," MPRA Paper 48481, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Wolfgang Buchholz & Michael Eichenseer, 2017. "Advantageous Leadership in Public Good Provision: The Case of an Endogenous Contribution Technology," CESifo Working Paper Series 6352, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Buchholz, Wolfgang & Eichenseer, Michael, 2017. "Advantageous Leadership in Public Good Provision: The Case of an Endogenous Contribution Technology," Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking 168153, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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    Keywords

    Team production; Voluntary provision of public goods; Leadership; Efficient role assignment; Team-building;

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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management

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