Peer Effects in the Workplace: Evidence from Random Groupings in Professional Golf Tournaments.

@article{Guryan2009PeerEI,
  title={Peer Effects in the Workplace: Evidence from Random Groupings in Professional Golf Tournaments.},
  author={Jonathan Guryan and Kory Kroft and Matthew J. Notowidigdo},
  journal={American economic journal. Applied economics},
  year={2009},
  volume={1 4},
  pages={34-68}
}
This paper uses random assignment in professional golf tournaments to test for peer effects in the workplace. We find no evidence that playing partners' ability affects performance, contrary to recent evidence on peer effects in the workplace from laboratory experiments, grocery scanners, and soft-fruit pickers. In our preferred specification we can rule out peer effects larger than 0.043 strokes for a one stroke increase in playing partners' ability. Our results complement existing studies on… CONTINUE READING

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