Performance curiosity

Carlos Alós-Ferrer, Jaume García-Segarra, Alexander Ritschel

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We show that performance curiosity – the desire to know one's own (relative) performance – can trump inequality aversion. In two experiments (combined N=450), participants chose between an equal allocation and a performance-based one after generating surplus in a real-effort task. In the experimental treatment, choosing an equal allocation came at the cost of not knowing the own performance, which led to a substantial increase of performance-based choices in comparison with the control treatment. The effect seems especially pronounced for women, but the gender effect is due to a difference in expectations regarding performance. Interestingly, the manipulation equalized the proportion of equal allocation choices between males and females compensating for their difference in expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Economic Psychology
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • 2360
  • 3020
  • Egalitarian behavior
  • Expectations
  • Performance curiosity
  • Social preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics


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