Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/220017
Authors: 
Deversi, Marvin
Kocher, Martin
Schwieren, Christiane
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IHS Working Paper 15
Abstract: 
We analyze cooperation within a company setting in order to study the relationship between cooperative attitudes and financial as well as non-financial rewards. In total, 910 employees of a large software company participate in an incentivized online experiment. We observe high levels of cooperation and the typical conditional contribution patterns in a modified public goods game. When linking experiment and company record data, we observe that cooperative attitudes of employees do not pay off in terms of financial rewards within the company. Rather, cooperative employees receive non-financial benefits such as recognition or friendship as the main reward medium. In contrast to most studies in the experimental laboratory, sustained levels of cooperation in our company setting relate to non-financial values of cooperation rather than solely to financial incentives.
Subjects: 
cooperation
social dilemma
field experiment
company
JEL: 
C93
D23
H41
J31
J32
M52
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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