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Final Report Summary - ECON. OF MOTIVATION (An Experimental Study on the Economics of Self-Confidence, Motivation, Gender and Incentives)

In line with the research objectives of the proposal, Dr. Ertac completed several experimental projects, which individually address different parts of the proposed research questions. In terms of topic, these experiments can be classified into (1) experiments studying gender effects in self-selection and their interaction with the properties of the institutional framework, (2) experiments studying the impact of interim performance feedback on self-confidence, incentive scheme choice, and the motivation to exert effort in dynamic settings. In terms of methodology, an interdisciplinary array of measurement methods have been employed: (1) laboratory experiments, (2) field experiments, (3) personality tests, (4) neural measurements. While carrying out these experiments, Dr. Ertac has worked jointly with senior and junior researchers from the United States, Europe and the host country, as well as the three master's students she supervised within the duration of the project. The project has led to significant knowledge transfer and the initiation of new research collaborations, in addition to its tremendous contribution to the researcher's career development and successful integration.

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