Journal article

Intergenerational Attitudes Towards Strategic Uncertainty and Competition : a Field Experiment in a Swiss Bank

    2013
Published in:
  • European Economic Review. - Elsevier B.V. - 2013, vol. 61, p. 153-168
English With a market entry game inspired by Camerer and Lovallo (1999), we study the attitudes of junior and senior employees towards strategic uncertainty and competition. Seniors exhibit higher entry rates compared to juniors, especially when the market capacity is not too low or when earnings from entry depend on relative performance. This difference persists after controlling for attitudes towards non- strategic uncertainty and for beliefs on others' competitiveness and on relative ability. Seniors are more willing to compete when they predict a higher number of competitors. This contradicts the stereotype of less competitive older employees. Junior and senior employees of a Swiss bank play a market entry game. Seniors compete more than juniors when success depends on relative performance. Attitudes toward uncertainty and beliefs on relative ability do not fully explain the age gap. Seniors compete more when they predict a higher number of competitors. The results contradict the stereotype of less competitive older employees.
Faculty
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales
Department
Département d'économie politique
Language
  • English
Classification
Economics
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