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Social Networks and Peer Effects at Work

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  • Beugnot, Julie

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    (Université Laval)

  • Fortin, Bernard

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    (Université Laval)

  • Lacroix, Guy

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

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Cited by:
  1. Roel van Veldhuizen & Hessel Oosterbeek & Joep Sonnemans, 2014. "Peers at Work: From the Field to the Lab," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 14-051/I, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Georganas, Sotiris & Tonin, Mirco & Vlassopoulos, Michael, 2013. "Peer Pressure and Productivity: The Role of Observing and Being Observed," IZA Discussion Papers 7523, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  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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