Effort and Comparison Income: Experimental and Survey Evidence
Andrew Clark (),
David Masclet () and
Marie Claire Villeval ()
CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE
This paper considers the effect of status or relative income on work effort, combining experimental evidence from a gift-exchange game with the analysis of multi-country ISSP survey data. We find a consistent negative effect of others' incomes on individual effort in both datasets. The individual's rank in the income distribution is a stronger determinant of effort than is others' average income, suggesting that comparisons are more ordinal than cardinal. In the experiment, effort is also affected by comparisons over time: those who received higher income offers or enjoyed higher income rank in the past exert lower levels of effort for a given current income and rank.
Keywords: Effort; comparison income; rank; peak-end; experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M54 J33 A13 C92 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Effort and Comparison Income: Experimental and Survey Evidence (2010)
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