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Cooperation or competition? A field experiment on non-monetary learning incentives

Bigoni, Maria, Fort, Margherita, Nardotto, Mattia and Reggiani, Tommaso G. 2015. Cooperation or competition? A field experiment on non-monetary learning incentives. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 15 (4) , pp. 1753-1792. 10.1515/bejeap-2014-0109

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We assess the effect of two antithetic non-monetary incentive schemes based on grading rules on students’ effort, using experimental data. We randomly assigned students to a tournament scheme that fosters competition between paired up students, a cooperative scheme that promotes information sharing and collaboration between students and a baseline treatment in which students can neither compete nor cooperate. In line with theoretical predictions, we find that competition induces higher effort with respect to cooperation, whereas cooperation does not increase effort with respect to the baseline treatment. Nonetheless, we find a strong gender effect since this result holds only for men while women do not react to this type of non-monetary incentives.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Publisher: de Gruyter
ISSN: 1935-1682
Date of Acceptance: 25 June 2015
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 16:48

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