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How Do Incentives Affect Creativity?


Katharina Eckartz


Friedrich-Schiller University

Oliver Kirchkamp


University of Jena - Economics Department; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Daniel Schunk


University of Zurich - Institute for Empirical Research in Economics

December 12, 2012

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4049

Abstract:     
We compare performance in a word based creativity task under three incentive schemes: a flat fee, a linear payment and a tournament. Furthermore, we also compare performance under two control tasks (Raven’s advanced progressive matrices or a number-adding task) with the same treatments. In all tasks we find that incentives seem to have very small effects and that differences in performance are predominantly related to individual skills.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: creativity, incentives, real effort task, experimental economics

JEL Classification: C910, J330

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Date posted: January 14, 2013  

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Eckartz, Katharina and Kirchkamp, Oliver and Schunk, Daniel, How Do Incentives Affect Creativity? (December 12, 2012). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4049. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2198760

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Katharina Eckartz
Friedrich-Schiller University ( email )
Fürstengraben 1
Jena, 07743
Germany
Oliver Kirchkamp
University of Jena - Economics Department ( email )
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3
Jena, 07737
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.kirchkamp.de/
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.kirchkamp.de/
Daniel Schunk (Contact Author)
University of Zurich - Institute for Empirical Research in Economics ( email )
Bluemlisalpstr. 10
Zurich, 8006
Switzerland
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