Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89938
Authors: 
Barmby, Tim
Sessions, John G.
Zangelidis, Alexandros
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7803
Abstract: 
We build a model of worker interdependence in which two workers can either compete or cooperate and compare performance under either scenario to that of a single worker working in isolation. We show that whilst competition unequivocally reduces performance, cooperation may raise or lower performance. Employing a unique data set in which workgroups are comprised of either one or two workers, we are able to test explicitly for the presence of cooperation. We find empirical support for cooperative behavior.
Subjects: 
absence
worker interdependency
JEL: 
J33
J41
J54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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