Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80871
Authors: 
Bäker, Agnes
Mechtel, Mario
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IAAEU Discussion Paper Series in Economics 08/2013
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes experimentally how the interaction of task meaning and peer presence affects work effort. We build on the experimental designs of Falk and Ichino (2006) and Ariely et al. (2008). Confirming previous results from the literature, we find positive peer effects and negative effects of low task meaning. In addition, we find that peer effects are even stronger if task meaning is low. We conclude that a peer setting is able to overcome the negative effort effect of low task meaning.
Subjects: 
task meaning
peer effects
experimental economics
JEL: 
J20
J30
M50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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