Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2011.01.009
Title: Double-edged transparency in teams
Authors: Bag, P.K. 
Pepito, N.
Keywords: Complementarity of tasks
Markov strategies
Team project
Transparency of outcomes
Issue Date: Aug-2011
Source: Bag, P.K., Pepito, N. (2011-08). Double-edged transparency in teams. Journal of Public Economics 95 (7-8) : 531-542. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2011.01.009
Abstract: In a team project with significant complementarities between various players' individual tasks, news of early success by some encourages others to push ahead with their own tasks while lack of success has the opposite effect. This ex-post disparity in incentives created gives rise to two differing implications, ex ante, for an ideal team transparency. Sometimes it is better to commit to complete secrecy within the team of the various participants' interim progress as it mitigates the negative effect of failures. In some other situations, commitment to full disclosure is better as players are then encouraged to be proactive by exerting efforts in the early rounds and motivate other team members into continued activities by way of interim progress. Transparency (of outcomes) has thus double edges - it can boost incentives or dampen incentives. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Journal of Public Economics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52129
ISSN: 00472727
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2011.01.009
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