Newsletter 192: Nov 6, 2017

The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
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Seminars of Interest at Columbia

Tuesday November 7th

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 307
Columbia Macro Lunch Group - Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe
Title Not Available

Wednesday November 8th

4:10pm to 5:30pm - Schermerhorn Hall 614
Psychology Department Colloquium - Steve Sloman
Title Not available

4:15pm to 5:45pm - IAB 1101
Applied Microeconomics -  Jon Kolstad
Title Not Available

Thursday November 9th

6:00pm to 7:30pm - Uris 326 
Cognition and Decision Seminar Series - Dr. Rava Azeredo da Silveira (École Normale Supérieure and Princeton University)
Various approaches to online inference — human behavior and theoretical models

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday November 7th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - NYU Psychology Room 551
Social Psychology Brown Bags - Emile Bruneu (University of Pennsylvania)
Title TBA

2:40pm to 4:00pm - 19 West 4th Street, Room 517
Neuroeconomics Colloquium - Anne Collins (UC Berkeley)
Working memory influences reinforcement learning computations in brain and behavior

Thursday November 9th

4:00pm to 5:30pm - Furman Hall, Room 326
Behavioral Economics and Public Policy Workshop - Jesse Shapiro (Brown University)
How Are SNAP Benefits Spent? Evidence from a Retail Panel."

4:00pm to 5:00pm - NYU Psychology Room 551
Social Neuroscience Colloquia - Lisa Feldman Barrett (Northeastern University)
Title TBA

Article of the Week

Making Employees Compete for Rewards Can Motivate Them—or It Can Backfire
Recent research by Dylan Minor (Northwestern), Pablo Hernandez-Lagos (NYU-Abu Dhabi), and Dana Sisak (Erasmus University Rotterdam) suggests that relative incentive schemes may not be an effective motivational tactic in workplaces comprised of more caring and fewer selfish people. The series of experiments also shows that groups comprised of selfish people will likely benefit from the implementation of relative incentives. After testing for participants' altruism levels, the researchers placed the participants into a series of 29 different groups and tested whether the more benevolent participants would be willing to withhold effort so that their teammates would have a chance at a bigger payoff. The experimenters confirmed that benevolent participants would hold back for the benefit of their teammates, while selfish participants were more likely to try to get a larger reward for themselves.

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