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Title:Happiness and productivity PDF Logo
Authors:Oswald, Andrew J.
Proto, Eugenio
Sgroi, Daniel
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4645
Abstract:The paper provides evidence that happiness raises productivity. In Experiment 1, a randomized trial is designed. Some subjects have their happiness levels increased, while those in a control group do not. Treated subjects have 12% greater productivity in a paid piece-rate Niederle-Vesterlund task. They alter output but not the per-piece quality of their work. To check the robustness and lasting nature of this kind of effect, a complementary Experiment 2 is designed. In this, major real-world unhappiness shocks - bereavement and family illness - are studied. The findings from (real-life) Experiment 2 match those from (random-assignment) Experiment 1.
Subjects:Labor productivity
emotions
well-being
happiness
positive affect
experimental economics
JEL:D03
J24
C91
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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