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A Sharp Test of the Portability of Expertise

Etan A. Green (), Justin M. Rao () and David Rothschild ()
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Etan A. Green: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Justin M. Rao: HomeAway, Austin, Texas 78758
David Rothschild: Microsoft Research, New York, New York 10011

Management Science, 2019, vol. 67, issue 6, 2820-2831

Abstract: To what extent does expertise depend on context? We observe professionals perform a task that is logically isomorphic to—but contextually distinct from—a familiar task in which they are skilled. We find that performance plummets when contextual cues disappear, suggesting that the expertise we observe on the familiar task is more heuristic than conceptual and does not travel far.

Keywords: expertise; probabilistic reasoning; field study (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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