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The provision of relative performance feedback information: An experimental analysis of performance and happiness
Azmat, Ghazala; Iriberri, Nagore
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
This paper studies the effect of providing relative performance feedback information onindividual performance and on individual affective response, when agents are rewardedaccording to their absolute performance. In a laboratory set-up, agents perform a realeffort task and when receiving feedback, they are asked to rate their happiness, arousaland feeling of dominance. Control subjects learn only their absolute performance, whilethe treated subjects additionally learn the average performance in the session.Performance is 17 percent higher when relative performance feedback is provided.Furthermore, although feedback increases the performance independent of the content(i.e., performing above or below the average), the content is determinant for theaffective response. When subjects are treated, the inequality in the happiness and thefeeling of dominance between those subjects performing above and below the averageincreases by 8 and 6 percentage points, respectively.
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
relative performance
social comparison
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