Selection, tournaments, and dishonesty

Faravelli, Marco, Friesen, Lana and Gangadharan, Lata (2014) Selection, tournaments, and dishonesty. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 110 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2014.10.019

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Author Faravelli, Marco
Friesen, Lana
Gangadharan, Lata
Title Selection, tournaments, and dishonesty
Journal name Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-2681
Publication date 2014-11-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jebo.2014.10.019
Open Access Status
Volume 110
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract We conduct a real effort experiment in which performance is not monitored and participants are paid according to their reported performance. Participants are paid according to a piece rate and a winner-take-all tournament and then select between the two schemes before performing the task one more time. Competition increases dishonesty and lowers output when the payment scheme is exogenously determined. Participants with a higher propensity to be dishonest are more likely to select into competition. However after selection, we find no output difference between piece rate and tournament. This is attributable to a handful of honest individuals who select competition.
Keyword Dishonesty
Piece rate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 8 November 2014. Article in Press

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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