Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/112930
Authors: 
Mertins, Vanessa
Jeworrek, Sabrina
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2015: Ökonomische Entwicklung - Theorie und Politik - Session: Labor Experiments G17-V2
Abstract: 
Economic theory suggests that agents care for the outcomes they produce. This paper studies the conditions under which a pro-social mission of a job affects workers motivation to perform well. In particular, we investigate whether it makes a difference if workers actively decide upon doing a mission-oriented job or are exogenously assigned. We find that a pro-social mission itself affects only a small group of workers in a positive way whereas self-selection into a mission-oriented job leads to a highly significant overall performance boost.
JEL: 
C93
J33
M55
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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