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Tournaments without prizes: evidence from personnel records

Blanes i Vidal, Jordi and Nossol, Mareike (2011) Tournaments without prizes: evidence from personnel records. Management Science, 57 (10). pp. 1721-1736. ISSN 0025-1909

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Abstract

We use a quasi-experimental research design to study the effect of giving workers feedback on their relative performance. The setting is a firm in which workers are paid piece rates and where, for exogenous reasons, management begins to reveal to workers their relative position in the distribution of pay and productivity. We find that merely providing this information leads to a large and long-lasting increase in productivity that is costless to the firm. Our findings are consistent with the interpretation that workers' incipient concerns about their relative standing are activated by information about how they are performing relative to others.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.1110.1383
Additional Information: © 2011 Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 09:21
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39267/

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