22nd Meeting at UCLA (Spring 2020)

May 01 - May 02, 2020

Los Angeles, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management

The FTG Spring 2020 meeting will be organized by Barney Hartman-Glaser and Benjamin Hebert and will be held at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, on May 1-2, 2020. It will begin with paper presentations at 1:30 pm (and an optional lunch at 12:30 pm) on May 1 and will conclude at 12:00 pm (optional lunch until 1:00 pm) on May 2. A call for papers will follow.

Current number of participants registered: 49

  • Better Monitoring...Worse Productivity? : Technological advances are enabling firms to collect more information about worker performance than ever before. Despite obvious benefits concerns persist about how all this information -- much of which is non-contractible and must pass through discretionary feedback -- might distort the provision of incentives. I highlight a better monitoring/worse outcome channel that speaks to these concerns. Some improvements to the informativeness of monitoring tempt managers to provide excessive negative feedback leading to overpunishment. Workers then refuse to accept contracts that do not severely constrain the size of the punishment threat. Without a serious punishment threat, effort and surplus decline.