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The effect of ambiguity aversion on reward scheme choice

Christian Kellner () and Gerhard Riener

No 55, DICE Discussion Papers from University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)

Abstract: We test the implications of ambiguity aversion in a principal-agent problem with multiple agents. Models of ambiguity aversion suggest that, under ambiguity, comparative compensation schemes may become more attractive than independent wage contracts. We test this by presenting agents with a choice between comparative reward schemes and independent contracts, which are designed such that under uncertainty about output distributions (that is, under ambiguity), ambiguity averse agents (and only those) should typically prefer comparative reward schemes, independent of their degree of risk aversion. We indeed find that the share of agents who choose the comparative scheme is higher under ambiguity than in the case of known output distributions.

Keywords: ambiguity aversion; comparative compensation schemes; Ellsberg urn; contract design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D03 D81 M55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-exp, nep-hrm and nep-upt
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