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Peer Pressure in Multi-Dimensional Work Tasks

Felix Ebeling; Gerlinde Fellner; Johannes Wahlig;
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  • Published: 15 Nov 2012
Abstract
We study the influence of peer pressure in multi-dimensional work tasks theoretically and in a controlled laboratory experiment. Thereby, workers face peer pressure in only one work dimension. We find that effort provision increases in the dimension where peer pressure is introduced. However, not all of this increase translates into a productivity gain, since the effect is partly offset by a decrease of effort in the work dimension without peer pressure. Furthermore, this tradeoff is stronger for workers who run behind in the dimension of peer pressure. Finally, we analyze the optimal group composition to harness peer pressure. Effort in the dimension of peer pr...
Subjects
free text keywords: Peer Effects, Multi Tasking, Incentives, Laboratory Experiment, jel:D03, jel:D2, jel:J21
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