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How performance based payoffs influence estimates of complex information? An experimental study on quality and precision in estimation tasks

  • Kroll, Eike Benjamin
  • Rieger, Jörg
  • Vogt, Bodo

This paper investigates the processing of repeated complex information. The focus of this study is, whether additional information and the introduction of performance-based payoffs have an influence on judgement. Therefore, an experiment is designed to investigate the degree of precision and quality of interval estimates. The data shows that providing additional information decreases the precision of stated estimates, while it improves its quality. The same result is obtained, when performance-based payoffs are introduced to an otherwise hypothetical decision environment. That means, while the variation in the treatment variables increase the quality of the estimate, the precision as a reflection of the decision makers confidence is reduced.

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Paper provided by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Department of Economics and Business Engineering in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 16.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:kitwps:16
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