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Ragan Petrie

Department of Economics
Texas A&M University
4228 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843

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Institutional Affiliations: Texas A&M University and The Melbourne Institute

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2019Does Workplace Competition Increase Labor Supply? Evidence from a Field Experiment
with Amalia R. Miller, Carmit Segal: w25948
This paper develops a novel field experiment to test the implicit prediction of tournament theory that competition increases work time and can therefore contribute to the long work hours required in elite occupations. A majority of workers in the treatment without explicit financial incentives worked past the minimum time, but awarding a tournament prize increased work time and effort by over 80% and lowered costs of effort or output by over a third. Effort was similar with alternative (piece rate, low-prize tournament) bonuses. Men worked longer than women in the high-prize tournament, but for the same duration in other treatments.
May 2012Gender Differences in Bargaining Outcomes: A Field Experiment on Discrimination
with Marco Castillo, Máximo Torero, Lise Vesterlund: w18093
We examine gender differences in bargaining outcomes in a highly competitive and commonly used market: the taxi market in Lima, Peru. Examining the entire path of negotiation we find that men face higher initial prices and rejection rates. These differentials are consistent with both statistical and taste-based discrimination. To identify the source of the inferior treatment of men we conduct an experiment where passengers send a signal on valuation before negotiating. The signal eliminates gender differences and the response is shown only to be consistent with statistical discrimination. Our study secures identification within the market of interest and demonstrates that there are environments where sophisticated statistical inference is the sole source of differential gender outcomes.

Published: Castillo, Marco & Petrie, Ragan & Torero, Maximo & Vesterlund, Lise, 2013. "Gender differences in bargaining outcomes: A field experiment on discrimination," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 35-48. citation courtesy of

 
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