Using Behavioral Economic Experiments at a Large Motor Carrier: The Context and Design of the Truckers and Turnover Project

53 Pages Posted: 18 May 2007

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Stephen V. Burks

University of Minnesota, Morris - Division of Social Science; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Center for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx); Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

Jeffrey P. Carpenter

Middlebury College - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Lorenz Goette

University of Lausanne; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Kristen A. Monaco

California State University, Long Beach - Department of Economics

Kay Porter

Independent

Aldo Rustichini

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

The Truckers and Turnover Project is a statistical case study of a single firm and its employees which matches proprietary personnel and operational data to new data collected by the researchers to create a two-year panel study of a large subset of new hires. The project's most distinctive innovation is the data collection process which combines traditional survey instruments with behavioral economics experiments. The survey data include information on demographics, risk and loss aversion, time preference, planning, non-verbal IQ, and the MPQ personality profile. The data collected by behavioral economics experiments include risk and loss aversion, time preferences (discount rates), backward induction, patience, and the preference for cooperation in a social dilemma setting. Subjects will be followed over two years of their work lives. Among the major design goals are to discover the extent to which the survey and experimental measures are correlated, and whether and how much predictive power, with respect to key on-the-job outcome variables, is added by the behavioral measures. The panel study of new hires is being carried out against the backdrop of a second research component, the development of a more conventional in-depth statistical case study of the cooperating firm and its employees. This is a high-turnover service industry setting, and the focus is on the use of survival analysis to model the flow of new employees into and out of employment, and on the correct estimation of the tenure-productivity curve for new hires, accounting for the selection effects of the high turnover.

Keywords: field experiment, risk aversion, loss aversion, time preference, IQ, MPQ, numeracy, U.S. trucking industry, for-hire carriage, truckload (TL), driver turnover, employment duration, survival model, tenure-productivity curve

JEL Classification: C81, C93, L92, J63

Suggested Citation

Burks, Stephen V. and Carpenter, Jeffrey P. and Goette, Lorenz F. and Monaco, Kristen A. and Porter, Kay and Rustichini, Aldo, Using Behavioral Economic Experiments at a Large Motor Carrier: The Context and Design of the Truckers and Turnover Project (May 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2789. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=987500

Stephen V. Burks (Contact Author)

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Jeffrey P. Carpenter

Middlebury College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Lorenz F. Goette

University of Lausanne ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Kristen A. Monaco

California State University, Long Beach - Department of Economics ( email )

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Kay Porter

Independent

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Aldo Rustichini

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics ( email )

271 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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