Happiness and Productivity
Eugenio Proto and
No 269911, Economic Research Papers from University of Warwick - Department of Economics
Little is known by economists about how emotions affect productivity. To make persuasive progress, some way has to be found to assign people exogenously to different feelings. We design a randomized trial. In it, some subjects have their happiness levels increased, while others in a control group do not. We show that a rise in happiness leads to greater productivity in a paid piece-rate task. The effect is large; it can be replicated; it is not a reciprocity effect; and it is found equally among males and females. We discuss the implications for economics.
Keywords: Health Economics and Policy; Labor and Human Capital; Productivity Analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Happiness and Productivity (2015)
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