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Social Networks and Peer Effects at Work

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  • Julie Beugnot
  • Bernard Fortin
  • Guy Lacroix
  • Marie Claire Villeval

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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 CIRPEE in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 1320.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:1320

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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. 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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