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Title:The hidden costs of control: an unsuccessful replication study PDF Logo
Authors:Ploner, Matteo
Ziegelmeyer, Anthony
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2007,074
Abstract:This note reports a replication study of Falk and Kosfeld’s (2006) medium control treatment. In the experimental game, an agent has an endowment of 120 experimental currency units and decides how much to transfer to a principal. For every unit that the agent gives up, the principal receives two units. Before the agent decides how much to transfer voluntarily, the principal decides whether or not to control the agent by imposing a compulsory transfer of 10 units. Like the original study, we observe that control entails hidden costs. Unlike the original study, we do not observe that the hidden costs of control outweigh the benefits and we observe that most of the principals decide to control the agent.
Subjects:Control
Experimental Economics
Incentives
Intrinsic Motivation
Trust
JEL:C91
M52
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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