Awards: A View from Psychological Economics
University of Zurich Institute for Empirical Research in Economics Working Paper No. 357
27 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2008
Date Written: January 2008
Awards in the form of orders, decorations, prizes, and titles are ubiquitous in monarchies and republics, private organizations, not-for-profit, and profit-oriented firms. This paper argues that awards present a unique combination of different stimuli and that they are distinct and unlike other monetary and non-monetary rewards. Despite their relevance in all areas of life awards have not received much scientific attention. We propose to study awards and present results on a vignette experiment that quantifies and isolates the effects of different award characteristics such as the publicity associated with winning an award. Further, employing a unique data set, we demonstrate that there are substantial differences in the intensity of usage of awards across countries.
Keywords: Awards, compensation, incentives, principal-agent, honors and distinctions
JEL Classification: C93, J33, M52
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