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Peers at work : Evidence from the lab

Van Veldhuizen, Roel LU ; Oosterbeek, Hessel and Sonnemans, Joep (2018) In PLoS ONE 13(2).
Abstract

This paper reports the results of a lab experiment designed to study the role of observability for peer effects in the setting of a simple production task. In our experiment, participants in the role of workers engage in a team real-effort task. We vary whether they can observe, or be observed by, one of their co-workers. In contrast to earlier findings from the field, we find no evidence that low-productivity workers perform better when they are observed by high-productivity co-workers. Instead, our results imply that peer effects in our experiment are heterogeneous, with some workers reciprocating a high-productivity co-worker but others taking the opportunity to free ride.

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1932-6203
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  title        = {Peers at work : Evidence from the lab},
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