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Performance curiosity


Alós-Ferrer, Carlos; García-Segarra, Jaume; Ritschel, Alexander (2018). Performance curiosity. Journal of Economic Psychology, 64:1-17.

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We show that performance curiosity – the desire to know one’s own (relative) performance – can trump inequality aversion. In two experiments (combined N = 450), participants chose between an equal allocation and a performance-based one after generating surplus in a real-effort task. In the experimental treatment, choosing an equal allocation came at the cost of not knowing the own performance, which led to a substantial increase of performance-based choices in comparison with the control treatment. The effect seems especially pronounced for women, but the gender effect is due to a difference in expectations regarding performance. Interestingly, the manipulation equalized the proportion of equal allocation choices between males and females compensating for their difference in expectations.

Abstract

We show that performance curiosity – the desire to know one’s own (relative) performance – can trump inequality aversion. In two experiments (combined N = 450), participants chose between an equal allocation and a performance-based one after generating surplus in a real-effort task. In the experimental treatment, choosing an equal allocation came at the cost of not knowing the own performance, which led to a substantial increase of performance-based choices in comparison with the control treatment. The effect seems especially pronounced for women, but the gender effect is due to a difference in expectations regarding performance. Interestingly, the manipulation equalized the proportion of equal allocation choices between males and females compensating for their difference in expectations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social preferences, egalitarian behavior, expectations, performance curiosity
Language:English
Date:February 2018
Deposited On:05 Jun 2018 08:30
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:30
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0167-4870
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2017.08.002
Official URL:https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487017300818?via%3Dihu

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