Does working with spouses make teams more productive? A field experiment in India using NREGA
AbstractAn important question in labour economics is whether the presence in a work environment of friends or relations lowers or raises productivity. We examine the question using evidence from a simple field experiment in Uttar Pradesh, India with married wives and husbands. Teams of four are engaged to dig soil under the NREGA programme. In one treatment husbands and wives work together; in the other treatment they work in separate teams. We find that working with spouses is associated with significantly higher productivity.
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- Munro, Alistair & Verschoor, Arjan & Dubey, Amaresh, 2013. "Does working with spouses make teams more productive? A field experiment in India using NREGA," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(3), pages 506-508.
- C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
- M5 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Personnel Economics
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
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- NEP-ALL-2012-10-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-EFF-2012-10-13 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-EXP-2012-10-13 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2012-10-13 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
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