Helping in Teams

39 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2014

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Anastasia Danilov

University of Cologne

Christine Harbring

University of Cologne; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Bernd Irlenbusch

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Management; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We study, how help can be fostered under relative rewards by means of team bonus and corporate value statements. A simple model analysis suggests that team members help less as relative rewards increase. As one potential measure to encourage help, we augment relative rewards with team rewards determined by the output of the whole team. This theoretical benchmark is tested in an experiment. Furthermore, we provide the first clean one-shot experimental test of the Lazear and Rosen (1981) tournament model. In a second experiment, we investigate the effectiveness of corporate value statements to encourage help.

Keywords: help, relative rewards, team incentives, corporate value statements, experiment

JEL Classification: M52, J33, J41, L23, C72, C91

Suggested Citation

Danilov, Anastasia and Harbring, Christine and Irlenbusch, Bernd, Helping in Teams. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8707, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2543901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2543901

Anastasia Danilov (Contact Author)

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Christine Harbring

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