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dc.contributor.authorGreen, Ellen P.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:18:21Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:18:21Z
dc.date.issued2011-11-04en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-11082011-152752en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/29505
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation contains three essays on the impact of other-regarding behavior on human decision-making. Chapter II uses experimental methods to analyze the relative performance of a variety of compensation contracts. This study creates an environment in which individuals are paid via common payment mechanisms employed in the dual-principal agent relationships (Piece Rate, Flat Rate, Salary, Bonus and Socialization) and examines the effect that different incentive structures have on agent behavior. In Chapter III I explore the potential outcomes of blended payment structures in a dual-principal agent environment. I draw from the previously conducted experimental study in Chapter II and simulate agent behavior induced by blended payment mechanisms. In Chapter IV, I move away from studying payment mechanisms to investigate the impact of intentionality and responsibility on an individualâ s decision-making process. I explore the effects of direct and indirect responsibility as well as selfish and kind intentions using experimental methodology. Each of these essays provides further evidence that other-regarding behavior has a significant impact on the outcome of an economic situation; therefore, emphasizing the need to address such behavior in theoretical designs.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartGreen_EP_D_2011.pdfen_US
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dc.subjectPrincipal-agent theoryen_US
dc.subjectmoral hazarden_US
dc.subjectcontract enforcementen_US
dc.subjectreciprocityen_US
dc.subjectaltruismen_US
dc.subjectother-regarding behavioren_US
dc.subjectresponsibilityen_US
dc.subjectintentionalityen_US
dc.titleA Study of Human Decision-Making in Economic Gamesen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEconomicsen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEconomicsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBall, Sheryl B.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGe, Suqinen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMacieira, Joao C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTideman, Thorwald Nicolausen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberYou, Wenen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11082011-152752/en_US
dc.date.sdate2011-11-08en_US
dc.date.rdate2011-11-21
dc.date.adate2011-11-21en_US


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