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Man's search for meaning: The case of Legos

dc.contributor.author Ariely, D
dc.contributor.author Kamenica, E
dc.contributor.author Prelec, D
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-05T18:27:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008-09-01
dc.identifier.issn 0167-2681
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6324
dc.description.abstract We investigate how perceived meaning influences labor supply. In a laboratory setting, we manipulate the perceived meaning of simple, repetitive tasks and find a strong influence on subjects' labor supply. Despite the fact that the wage and the task are identical across the conditions in each experiment, subjects in the less meaningful conditions exhibit reservation wages that are consistently much higher than the subjects in the more meaningful conditions. The result replicates across different types of tasks. Moreover, in the more meaningful conditions, subjects' productivity influences labor supply more strongly. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1016/j.jebo.2008.01.004
dc.title Man's search for meaning: The case of Legos
dc.type Journal article
duke.description.issue 3-4
duke.description.volume 67
dc.relation.journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
pubs.begin-page 671
pubs.end-page 677
pubs.issue 3-4
pubs.organisational-group Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Economics
pubs.organisational-group Fuqua School of Business
pubs.organisational-group Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy - Secondary Group
pubs.organisational-group School of Medicine
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 67


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