Credit Attribution and Collaborative Work

47 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2019

See all articles by Saltuk Ozerturk

Saltuk Ozerturk

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics

Huseyin Yildirim

Duke University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 4, 2019

Abstract

We examine a dynamic model of teamwork in which the public attributes credit for success based on its perception of individual efforts. The collaborative behavior varies starkly depending on the shape of marginal effort cost, or project’s “difficulty.” In the unique (interior) equilibrium, higher ability collaborators work less and thus receive lower credit and payoff for “easy” projects, while the reverse holds for “difficult” projects. Despite free-riding, the team equilibrium may involve over-investment. Social efficiency requires over-rewarding collaborative work and under-rewarding solo work. The incentives to team up and the impact of effort monitoring on credit attribution are also investigated.

Keywords: Teamwork, Collaboration, Credit, Project Difficulty, Solo Work

JEL Classification: D81, D86, H41, L23, M52

Suggested Citation

Ozerturk, Saltuk and Yildirim, Huseyin, Credit Attribution and Collaborative Work (November 4, 2019). Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper Forthcoming No, 293, November 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3482088 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3482088

Saltuk Ozerturk (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics ( email )

Dallas, TX 75275
United States

Huseyin Yildirim

Duke University - Department of Economics ( email )

213 Social Sciences Building
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
919-660-1805 (Phone)
919-684-8974 (Fax)

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
21
Abstract Views
178
PlumX Metrics