Run for Fun: Intrinsic Motivation and Physical Performance

27 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2012

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Antonio Filippin

Università degli Studi di Milano; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Abstract

We use data from the 24-hours Belluno run which has the unique characteristic that participants are affiliated with teams and run for an hour. This allows us not only to study the individual relationship between age and performance but also to study group dynamics in terms of accessions to and separations from teams in a manner that closely resembles workers and firms when individual productivity would have been perfectly observable. From our analysis we conclude that individual performance goes down with age, although the speed-age gradient is rather flat. Group performance goes down with age as well, but interestingly a counterbalancing force emerges, namely team dynamics that are driven by performance of runners who enter and leave.

Keywords: age, performance, attrition

JEL Classification: J14, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Filippin, Antonio and van Ours, Jan C., Run for Fun: Intrinsic Motivation and Physical Performance. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6387. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2019439

Antonio Filippin (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Milano ( email )

Milan, 20122
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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