Measuring Preferences for Competition with Experimentally-Validated Survey Questions

33 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020

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Francesco Fallucchi

LISER

Daniele Nosenzo

University of Nottingham

Ernesto Reuben

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We validate experimentally a new survey item to measure the preference for competition. The item, which measures participants' agreement with the statement "Competition brings the best out of me", predicts individuals' willingness to compete in the laboratory after controlling for their ability, beliefs, and risk attitude (Niederle and Vesterlund, 2007). We further validate the explanatory power of our survey item outside of the laboratory, by comparing responses across two samples with predicted differences in their preference for competition: professional athletes and non-athletes. As predicted, we find that athletes score higher on the item than non-athletes.

Keywords: competition, survey question, experiment validation

JEL Classification: C91, D90, D91

Suggested Citation

Fallucchi, Francesco and Nosenzo, Daniele and Reuben, Ernesto, Measuring Preferences for Competition with Experimentally-Validated Survey Questions. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12867. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3521684

Francesco Fallucchi (Contact Author)

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Daniele Nosenzo

University of Nottingham ( email )

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Ernesto Reuben

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

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Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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