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Goal Setting in the Principal-Agent Model: Weak Incentives for Strong Performance

Brice Corgnet (), Joaquin Gomez-Minambres and Roberto Hernan-Gonzalez ()
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Roberto Hernan-Gonzalez: Business School, University of Nottingham

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No 2016-09, Discussion Papers from The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham

Abstract: We study a principal-agent framework in which principals can assign wage-irrelevant goals to agents. We find evidence that, when given the possibility to set wage-irrelevant goals, principals select incentive contracts for which pay is less responsive to agents’ performance. Agents’ performance is higher in the presence of goal setting despite weaker incentives. We develop a principal-agent model with reference-dependent utility that illustrates how labor contracts combining weak monetary incentives and wage-irrelevant goals can be optimal. The pervasive use of non-monetary incentives in the workplace may help account for previous empirical findings suggesting that firms rely on unexpectedly weak monetary incentives.

Keywords: Principal-agent models; incentive theory; non-monetary incentives; goal setting; reference-dependent utility; laboratory experiments. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cta, nep-hrm, nep-lma and nep-upt
Date: 2016-09
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