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Honorable mention for the Ron Burt award for outstanding student paper by Economic Sociology group, ASA 2013 | Download PDF
Using 8 months of ethnographic data and a field experiment, I investigate the price-setting behavior of handicraft artisans and traders in Channapatna, India. Specifically, I find that artisans provide 25-50% discounts to foreign auditors and buyers wearing handicraft products in comparison to a baseline group of buyers, despite being poor themselves. The paper clarifies the importance of meaningful work even in the context of workers facing poverty, arguing that artisans become attached to their hand-crafted products and derive meaning from the selling process beyond its narrow financial incentives.
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NTU Professor of HRM,
Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan
Lee and Ann Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology and Anthropology, MIT.