Teams, Organization and Education Outcomes: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Bangladesh
61 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2015
Date Written: May 2015
We study the relationship between network centrality and educational outcomes using a field experiment in primary schools in Bangladesh. After obtaining information on friendship networks, we randomly allocate students into groups and give them individual and group assignments. We find that the groups that perform the best are those whose members have high Katz-Bonacich and key-player centralities. Leaders are mostly responsible for this effect, while bad apples have little influence. Group members' network centrality is also important in shaping individual performance. We show that network centrality captures non-cognitive skills, especially patience and competitiveness.
Keywords: leaders, Network centrality, soft skills, team work
JEL Classification: A14, C93, D01, I20
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