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Other-Regarding Preferences and Leadership Styles

Martin G. Kocher

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - Faculty of Economics; Göteborg University - School of Business, Economics and Law; Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance

Ganna Pogrebna

Columbia University

Matthias Sutter

University of Innsbruck; University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4080

We use a laboratory experiment to examine whether and to what extent other-regarding preferences of team leaders influence their leadership style in choice under risk. We find that leaders who prefer efficiency or report high levels of selfishness are more likely to exercise an autocratic leadership style by ignoring preferences of the other team members. Yet, inequity aversion has no significant impact on leadership styles. Elected leaders have a higher propensity than exogenously assigned leaders to use a democratic leadership style by reaching team consensus. Male leaders and leaders influenced by group membership tend to employ a democratic leadership style.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: leadership style, other-regarding preferences, unobserved heterogeneity

JEL Classification: C91, C92, D70, D81

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Date posted: March 30, 2009  

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Kocher, Martin G. and Pogrebna, Ganna and Sutter, Matthias, Other-Regarding Preferences and Leadership Styles. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4080. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1369826

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Martin G. Kocher (Contact Author)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - Faculty of Economics ( email )
Ludwigstrasse 28
Munich, D-80539
Göteborg University - School of Business, Economics and Law ( email )
Vasagatan 1
Goteborg, 40530
Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance ( email )
GPO Box 2434
2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Ganna Pogrebna
Columbia University ( email )
419 Schermerhorn Hall
New York, NY 10027
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.gannapogrebna.com
Matthias Sutter
University of Innsbruck ( email )
Universitaetsstr. 15/4
A-6020, Innsbruck
University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics ( email )
Box 640
Vasagatan 1, E-building, floor 5 & 6
Göteborg, 40530
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
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