Peers at work: Evidence from the lab

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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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Authors
External organisations
  • WZB Berlin Social Science Center
  • Tinbergen Institute - TI
  • University of Amsterdam
Research areas and keywords

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  • Economics
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0192038
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Externally publishedYes