Looking after number two? Competition, cooperation and workplace interaction

Tim Barmby, John G. Sessions, Alexandros Zangelidis

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Abstract

We look for cooperation in a real-world setting in which optometrists absent less frequently in two-chair than one-chair offices because of the externality such behavior imposes on their co-worker. We motivate our empirical analysis by developing a model of worker interdependence in which two workers can either compete or cooperate. We show that, relative to a single worker working in isolation, competition unequivocally increases absence whilst cooperation may increase or decrease absence. Our empirical analysis of a unique data set finds explicit support for cooperative behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-182
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume131
Issue numberPart A
Early online date16 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

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Interaction
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Cooperation and competition
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Externalities
Interdependence
Isolation
Cooperative behavior

Keywords

  • absence
  • worker interdependency

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Looking after number two? Competition, cooperation and workplace interaction. / Barmby, Tim; Sessions, John G.; Zangelidis, Alexandros.

In: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 131, No. Part A, 11.2016, p. 166-182.

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