Creativity and Incentives

Gary Charness (Dept. of Economics, Univ. of CA Santa Barbara)

  • Aim is to investigate two types of creativity: “inbox” (creativity for a clearly specified goal) vs. “blue-sky” (no ex-ante goal, just pure creativity of thinking outside the box).
  • How may the two types of creativity be affected by financial incentives?
  • How might corporate culture (cooperative vs. competitive) affect the two types of creativity?
  • Read the research results