Quotation Häckl, Simone, Sausgruber, Rupert, Tyran, Jean-Robert. 2018. Work Motivation and Teams. Discussion Papers 18-08, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.


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We provide a new measure of work motivation and show that motivation shapes the effects of team incentives and observation by peers on performance. In particular, we measure motivation to work hard as the deviation from the money-maximizing benchmark in a real-effort experiment. While we find that average output increases in response to team incentives and observation, we find that highly motivated workers do not respond. The reason is that highly motivated workers already work hard and increasing effort even further is very costly to them.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Work Motivation and Teams
Title of whole publication Discussion Papers 18-08, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
Year 2018
URL https://www.economics.ku.dk/research/publications/wp/dp_2017/1808.pdf

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Häckl, Simone (Details)
Sausgruber, Rupert (Details)
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Tyran, Jean-Robert (Universität Wien, Austria)
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Institute for Public Sector Economics IN (Details)
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