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Social Networks and Peer Effects at Work

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

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 CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2013s-27.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2013s-27
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