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How do Incentives affect Creativity?

Katharina Eckartz, Oliver Kirchkamp and Daniel Schunk

No 2012-068, Jena Economics Research Papers from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Abstract: We compare performance in a word based creativity task under three incentive schemes: a flat fee, a linear payment and a tournament. Furthermore, we also compare performance under two control tasks (Raven's advanced progressive matrices or a number-adding task) with the same treatments. In all tasks we find that incentives seem to have very small effects and that differences in performance are predominantly related to individual skills.

Keywords: Creativity; Incentives; Real effort task; Experimental economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 J33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-12-13
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