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The Lure of Authority: Motivation and Incentive Effects of Power

Economica public lecture

Authority and power permeate political, social, and economic life - yet there is limited empirical knowledge about the motivational origins and consequences of authority. Ernst Fehr will explore the psychological consequences of authority for important economic interactions from an experimental approach. He will document the human desire to exercise authority, the motivation-enhancing effect of possessing authority and the detrimental motivational effects of a lack of authority.

Ernst Fehr is director of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. He has conducted influential research on the role of social preferences in competition, cooperation and incentive provision.


Professor Ernst Fehr | talks


Date and Time:

24 February 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Old Theatre
Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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