A5: Work

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What motivates us to work? as we have seen in Part 1, it is not just money. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Prof. Dan Ariely presents two experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

The first paper that you have to read present evidence from a filed experiment designed to study the impact of status and social recognition on worker performance. In collaboration with an international non-governmental organization, the authors hired students to work on a database project. Students in the award treatment were offered a congratulatory card honoring the best performance. This purely symbolic award increases performance by about 12 percent on average.

Working from home has an undeservedly bad reputation. Based on research comparing the productivity of those who are “home working on their couches or in their pajamas” with those commuting and sitting in a cubicle 8 hours a day, Prof. Nicholas Bloom says no one should be afraid to tell their boss they are working at home.

The third paper explores what motivate effort. Prof. Pope and DellaVigna use data from a large-scale experiment to find the relative effectiveness of multiple treatments within one setting, and to gauge the accuracy of academic experts’ forecasts of responses.

Please answer the assignment based on the reading for this lecture.

Deadline: Friday, November 6 at 13:15.

Please connect to my Zoom (link in Absalon) on Friday, November 6 at 13:15.

Group 5 summarizes the three papers you have to read for today. Remeber you have to read all the papers before the lecture and prepare your questions for the group.
I expect an active discussion about each paper: ask all the questions you have (concepts, method, analysis, etc.) and disccuss the implications of these papers.

05 Work

For helping you summarize the material I link a summary of paper 2 (here) and of paper 3 (here).

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