Evidence suggests that people are more likely to behave in a pro-social way if they are aware of others who behave in such a manner. This column finds evidence for this phenomenon among blood donors. For every unit increase in a donor’s motivation, there is a 44% spillover in motivation to their fellow tenant. There is an overall increase in donation rates due to such a social multiplier of 17.9 percentage points, instead of the 10 percentage points obtained by calling an isolated donor.
Adrian Bruhin, Lorenz Götte, Simon Haenni, Lingqing Jiang, Monday, September 7, 2015 - 00:00
Bruno S Frey, Jana Gallus, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 00:00
Erika Deserranno, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 00:00
Niklas Bengtsson, Per Engström, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 00:00
Holger Görg, Olivier N. Godart, Aoife Hanley, Christiane Krieger-Boden, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 00:00
Many firms are replacing traditional working hours with more flexible arrangements, reflecting new thinking on employee motivation. This column presents evidence from Germany that trust-based working time is associated with increased innovation. However, trust-based working hours also contribute to the blurring of workers’ professional and private lives, and may lead to excessive overtime. Careful design of trust-based working arrangements is required to reap the innovations gains while avoiding the health pitfalls.
Mirco Tonin, Michael Vlassopoulos, Friday, May 28, 2010 - 00:00
What motivates workers in their job? This column presents evidence from a recent field experiment suggesting that women are motivated by concern about the social cause pursued by their employer, while men are not. This may provide new insight into the gender earnings gap.