The effect of charitable giving on workers’ performance: Experimental evidence
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
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We investigate how donating worker earnings for voluntary extra work, a form of corporate social responsibility, affects worker behavior. Participants entered data for 60 minutes, with piece-rate pay. They could then stay for up to another 30 minutes; we varied the piece-rate pay and whether it was paid to the worker or to charity. When this piece-rate is high, workers produce more for own pay than when their earnings go to charity. However, with low piece-rates, this relationship reverses. There is also little difference in performance between paying workers a small amount and not paying anything at all.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the publisher via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 131, pp. 61 - 74