Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96365
Authors: 
Mertins, Vanessa
Hoffeld, Wolfgang
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IAAEU Discussion Paper Series in Economics 13/2013
Abstract: 
The tendency to underestimate others' relative performance compared to one's own is widespread among individuals in all work environments. We examine the relationship between, and the driving forces behind, individual overconfidence and voluntary cooperation in team production. Our experimental data suggest an indirect and gender-specific link: Overconfident men hold more optimistic beliefs about coworkers' cooperativeness than men who lack confidence, and are accordingly significantly more cooperative, whereas overconfidence, beliefs, and cooperativeness are not correlated in women.
Subjects: 
team production
public good
experiment
real effort
cooperation
gender
overconfidence
belief
JEL: 
M52
J33
J16
J24
C91
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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