Replication data for: Peer Effects in the Workplace

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  • Cornelissen, Thomas
  • Dustmann, Christian
  • Schönberg, Uta
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  • Abstract

    Existing evidence on peer effects in the productivity of coworkers stems from either laboratory experiments or real-world studies referring to a specific firm or occupation. In this paper, we aim at providing more generalizable results by investigating a large local labor market, with a focus on peer effects in wages rather than productivity. Our estimation strategy--which links the average permanent productivity of workers' peers to their wages--circumvents the reflection problem and accounts for endogenous sorting of workers into peer groups and firms. On average over all occupations, and in the type of high-skilled occupations investigated in studies on knowledge spillover, we find only small peer effects in wages. In the type of low-skilled occupations analyzed in extant studies on social pressure, in contrast, we find larger peer effects, about one-half the size of those identified in similar studies on productivity.
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.20141300 (Text)
  • Cornelissen, Thomas, Christian Dustmann, and Uta Schönberg. “Peer Effects in the Workplace.” American Economic Review 107, no. 2 (February 2017): 425–56.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20141300 (DOI)

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