CEPR fellows Algan, Benkler, Henry and Hergueux win the second annual Deutsche Bahn Prize for Outstanding Research in Organisation and Management
Yann Algan and Emeric Henry from Sciences Po, and Yochai Benkler and Jerome Hergueux of Harvard University will receive a prize of €3000 for their paper "Social Motives and the Organization of Production: Experimental Evidence from Open Source Software". The paper analyzes the behaviour of 1,200 open source software (OSS) developers and uses the behaviour of the OSS developers in experimental trust, dictator, and public games to predict and explain the behavior of OSS developers in software projects. The authors find that those developers with higher social motivation tend to participate in fewer projects, but cooperate more intensively. By highlighting the role of social motivation and self-selection of like-minded types into project teams, the paper contributes to the important question of how organizations that are lacking formal structure and hierarchies can solve problems of free-riding of their members.
The prize will be awarded during the third CEPR Workshop on Incentives, Organisation, and Management, taking place at Goethe University, Frankfurt, on the 25-26th of September. CEPR and the Scientific Committee thank the Deutsche Bahn for their generous support of this series of workshops and of the Prize, which is the first of its kind in Europe.