The Spatial Impact of Peers in the Workforce: A Spatial Econometric Approach with an Application to Major League Baseball

23 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2012

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Amanda Mandzik

West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics

Donald J. Lacombe

West Virginia University - Regional Research Institute

Andrew T. Young

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Date Written: December 13, 2012

Abstract

Past studies have used the world of Major League Baseball as a lens to investigate the concept of shirking. In particular, there has been an emphasis on looking at the incentive for baseball players to shirk once they have obtained job security through long-term contracts. However, the literature has neglected to consider the impact of the spatial effects across a team’s players. Players may have incentive to shirk or not based on the performance of teammates directly around them. This study utilizes a spatial econometric model to account for the level of work ethic derived from surrounding peers. Similar analysis of spatial peer effects may be fruitfully applied to labor forces outside the world of sports.

Keywords: baseball, spatial econometric models, shirking, labor effort, peer effects

JEL Classification: J41, J44, L83

Suggested Citation

Mandzik, Amanda and Lacombe, Donald J. and Young, Andrew T., The Spatial Impact of Peers in the Workforce: A Spatial Econometric Approach with an Application to Major League Baseball (December 13, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2189058

Amanda Mandzik

West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics ( email )

PO Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Donald J. Lacombe

West Virginia University - Regional Research Institute ( email )

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Morgantown, WV 26506-6825
United States
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Andrew T. Young (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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