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Does Workplace Competition Increase Labor Supply? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Amalia Miller (), Ragan Petrie () and Carmit Segal ()

No 25948, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper develops a novel field experiment to test the implicit prediction of tournament theory that competition increases work time and can therefore contribute to the long work hours required in elite occupations. A majority of workers in the treatment without explicit financial incentives worked past the minimum time, but awarding a tournament prize increased work time and effort by over 80% and lowered costs of effort or output by over a third. Effort was similar with alternative (piece rate, low-prize tournament) bonuses. Men worked longer than women in the high-prize tournament, but for the same duration in other treatments.

JEL-codes: J16 J22 J33 J44 M52 M55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-06
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