Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/214412
Authors: 
Torgler, Benno
Schaffner, Markus
Frey, Bruno S.
Schmidt, Sascha L.
Dulleck, Uwe
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
CREMA Working Paper No. 2008-18
Abstract: 
The experimental literature and studies using survey data have established that people care a great deal about their relative economic position and not solely, as standard economic theory assumes, about their absolute economic position. Individuals are concerned about social comparisons. However, behavioral evidence in the field is rare. This paper provides an empirical analysis, testing the model of inequality aversion using two unique panel data sets for basketball and soccer players. We find support that the concept of inequality aversion helps to understand how the relative income situation affects performance in a real competitive environment with real tasks and real incentives.
Subjects: 
Inequality aversion
relative income
positional concerns
envy
social comparison
performance
interdependent preferences
JEL: 
D00
D60
L83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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