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Social Networks and Peer Effects at Work

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  • Beugnot, Julie

    ()
    (Université Laval)

  • Fortin, Bernard

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    (Université Laval)

  • Lacroix, Guy

    ()
    (Université Laval)

  • Villeval, Marie Claire

    ()
    (CNRS, GATE)

Abstract

This paper extends the standard work effort model by allowing workers to interact through networks. We investigate experimentally whether peer performances and peer contextual effects influence individual performances. Two types of network are considered. Participants in Recursive networks are paired with participants who played previously in isolation. In Simultaneous networks, participants interact in real-time along an undirected line. Mean peer effects are identified in both cases. Individual performances increase with peer performances in the recursive network. In the simultaneous network, endogenous peer effects vary according to gender: they are large for men but not statistically different from zero for women.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7521.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7521

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Keywords: peer effects; social networks; work effort; piece rate; experiment;

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Cited by:
  1. van Veldhuizen, Roel & Oosterbeek, Hessel & Sonnemans, Joep, 2014. "Peers at work: From the field to the lab," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Behavior SP II 2014-204, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  2. Sotiris Georganas & Mirco Tonin & Michael Vlassopoulos, 2014. "Peer Pressure and Productivity: The Role of Observing and Being Observed," CESifo Working Paper Series 4572, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Simona Cicognani & Luigi Mittone, 2014. "Social norms or low-cost heuristics? An experimental investigation of imitative behavior," CEEL Working Papers 1402, Cognitive and Experimental Economics Laboratory, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia.

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