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Relative Income Position And Performance: An Empirical Panel Analysis


Torgler, Benno; Schmidt, Sascha L; Frey, Bruno S (2006). Relative Income Position And Performance: An Empirical Panel Analysis. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 268, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Many studies 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. However, behavioral evidence is rare. This paper provides an empirical analysis on how individuals’ relative income position affectsntheir performance. Using a unique data set for 1114 soccer players over a period ofneight seasons (2833 observations), our analysis suggests that the larger the income differences within a team, the worse the performance of the soccer players is. Thenmore the players are integrated in a particular social environment (their team), thenmore evident this negative effect is.

Abstract

Many studies 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. However, behavioral evidence is rare. This paper provides an empirical analysis on how individuals’ relative income position affectsntheir performance. Using a unique data set for 1114 soccer players over a period ofneight seasons (2833 observations), our analysis suggests that the larger the income differences within a team, the worse the performance of the soccer players is. Thenmore the players are integrated in a particular social environment (their team), thenmore evident this negative effect is.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:D000, D600, 8222, 9210, L830
Uncontrolled Keywords:Relative income, positional concerns, envy, performance, social integration
Language:English
Date:January 2006
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 13:01
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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