Autonomy and Motivation: A Dual-Self Perspective

25 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2011

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Junichiro Ishida

Osaka University - Institute of Social and Economic Research

Date Written: February 15, 2011

Abstract

This paper provides a simple autonomy-based model of human motivation in which a decision maker with divided selves must perform some task. The key presumption of the model is that the brain is not a unitary system which is equipped to achieve a single goal in a systematic manner; rather, it is more like an organization which is hampered by several constraints such as preference incongruence and incomplete exchange (or imperfect recall) of information. Due to these constraints, the model yields behavioral patterns that are consistent with various stylized facts of human motivation, mostly found in social psychology. The main findings of the paper are: (i) more autonomy induces more motivation; (ii) complex tasks are susceptible to motivation crowding out; (iii) small rewards are detrimental to motivation; (iv) intrinsically interesting tasks are susceptible to motivation crowding out.

Keywords: Autonomy, Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Dual Self, Motivation Crowding

JEL Classification: D03, D99

Suggested Citation

Ishida, Junichiro, Autonomy and Motivation: A Dual-Self Perspective (February 15, 2011). ISER Discussion Paper No. 803, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1762360 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1762360

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