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Teams, Organization and Education Outcomes: Evidence from a field experiment in Bangladesh

Youjin Hahn (), Asad Islam (), Eleonora Patacchini and Yves Zenou ()

No 35-15, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the relationship between network centrality and educational outcomes using a field experiment in primary schools in Bangladesh. After obtaining information on friendship networks, we randomly allocate students into groups and give them individual and group assignments. We find that the groups that perform the best are those whose members have high Katz-Bonacich and key-player centralities. Leaders are mostly responsible for this effect, while bad apples have little influence. Group members’ network centrality is also important in shaping individual performance. We show that network centrality captures non-cognitive skills, especially patience and competitiveness.

Keywords: Network centrality; team work; leaders; soft skills (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 C93 D01 I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-hrm, nep-net and nep-soc
Date: 2015-05
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