Facing Your Opponents
Shakun Mago (),
Anya C. Samak and
Roman Sheremeta ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Anya Savikhin Samek
Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2016, vol. 60, issue 3, 459-481
We experimentally investigate the effect of social identification and information feedback on individual behavior in contests. In all treatments, we find significant overexpenditure of effort relative to the standard theoretical predictions. Identifying subjects through photo display decreases wasteful effort. Providing information feedback about othersâ€™ effort does not affect the aggregate effort, but it decreases the heterogeneity of effort and significantly affects the dynamics of individual behavior. A behavioral model that incorporates a nonmonetary utility of winning and relative payoff maximization explains significant overexpenditure of effort. It also suggests that decrease in â€œsocial distanceâ€ between group members through social identification promotes prosocial behavior and decreases overexpenditure of effort, while improved information feedback decreases the heterogeneity of effort.
Keywords: contest; information; identification; overexpenditure; experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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