Social Networks and Peer Effects at Work

40 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2013

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Julie Beugnot

Université Laval

Bernard Fortin

Laval University

Guy Lacroix

Laval University - Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Marie Claire Villeval

Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), CNRS; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Global Labor Organization (GLO)

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Date Written: August 18, 2013

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.

Keywords: Peer effects, social networks, work effort, piece rate, experiment

JEL Classification: C91, J16, J24, J31, M52

Suggested Citation

Beugnot, Julie and Fortin, Bernard and Lacroix, Guy and Villeval, Marie Claire, Social Networks and Peer Effects at Work (August 18, 2013). CIRANO - Scientific Publications 2013s-27, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2342248 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2342248

Julie Beugnot

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Bernard Fortin

Laval University ( email )

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