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Applied Micro Workshop – Joshua Dean, “Noise, Cognitive Function, and Worker Productivity”

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Joshua Dean: “Noise, Cognitive Function, and Worker Productivity” I investigate the relationship between noise and worker productivity with two experiments. I first randomize exposure to engine noise during a textile training course. An increase of 10 dB decreases worker productivity by approximately 5%. I then randomize engine noise during tests of cognitive function and effort. The same noise change decreases cognitive function but not effort. Combined, these results illustrate the importance of cognitive function as a mechanism. Finally, in both experiments I elicit willingness to pay for quiet working conditions. Performance pay does not increase demand for quiet. Individuals thus appear to neglect the productive impact of noise.

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When Oct 23, 2018
from 16:00 to 17:30
Where briq, Seminar Room 9/1.1, Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 9
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