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Effort Aversion: Job choice and compensation decisions overweight effort

Citation
Comerford DA & Ubel PA (2013) Effort Aversion: Job choice and compensation decisions overweight effort. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 92, pp. 152-162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2013.05.016

Abstract
The current research proposes that people avoid choosing effortful work even when they predict that it will provide them with a better working experience, a phenomenon we call Effort Aversion. In each of the studies, we presented a choice between an effortless but boring job and an effortful but enjoyable job. Study 1 found that participants were willing to accept lower wages to work at the effortless job, but they preferred the effortful job. This preference reversal is explained by the greater consideration wage setters gave to effort. Study 2 is a consequential lab experiment, in which participants were assigned to work at a job based on the wage they set. Those whose wage demands led them to be assigned to the effortless job experienced lower enjoyment than those who were assigned to the effortful job. Study 3 demonstrates that preference reversal was not attenuated by drawing attention to the hedonic experience afforded by work.

Keywords
Job choice; Preference reversal; Effort aversion

Journal
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization: Volume 92

StatusPublished
Author(s)Comerford, David A; Ubel, Peter A
Publication date31/08/2013
Date accepted by journal23/05/2013
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/17701
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0167-2681
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