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Title:Ingratiation and favoritism: Experimental evidence PDF Logo
Authors:Robin, St├ęphane
Rusinowska, Agnieszka
Villeval, Marie Claire
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6530
Abstract:We provide experimental evidence of workers' by opinion conformity and of managers' discrimination in favor of workers with whom they share similar opinions. In our Baseline, managers can observe both workers' performance at a task and opinions before assigning unequal payoffs. In the Ingratiation treatment, workers can change their opinion after learning that held by the manager. In the Random treatment, workers can also change opinion but payoffs are assigned randomly, which gives a measure of non-strategic opinion conformism. We find evidence of high ingratiation indices, as overall, ingratiation is effective. Indeed, managers reward opinion conformity, and even more so when opinions cannot be manipulated. Additional treatments reveal that ingratiation is cost sensitive and that the introduction of performance pay for managers as well as a less noisy measure of performance increase the role of relative performance in the assignment of payoffs, without eliminating the reward of opinion conformity.
Subjects:ingratiation
opinion conformity
favoritism
discrimination
social distance
experiment
JEL:C7
C92
D03
D86
M51
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2012081412625
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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