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The intrinsic value of decision rights

  • 23.12.2014
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  • Econometrica. - The Econometric Society. - 2014, vol. 82, no. 6, p. 2005-2039
English Philosophers, psychologists, and economists have long argued that certain decision rights carry not only instrumental value but may also be valuable for their own The ideas of autonomy, freedom, and liberty derive their intuitive appeal - partly - from an assumed positive intrinsic value of decision rights. Providing evidence for the existence of this intrinsic value and measuring its size, however, intricate. Here, we develop a method capable of achieving these goals. The data that the large majority of our subjects intrinsically value decision rights beyond their strumental benefit. The intrinsic valuation of decision rights has potentially important consequences for corporate governance, human resource management, and optimal job design: it may explain why managers value power, why employees appreciate with task discretion, why individuals sort into self-employment, and why the realloca- tion of decision rights is often very difficult and cumbersome. Our method and may also prove useful in developing an empirical revealed preference foundation concepts such as "freedom of choice" and "individual autonomy."
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales et du management
Département d'économie politique
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