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Monday, October 29, 2007

New working paper

Another Depken production rolls off the line, this time with Lisa Haglund:

Peer Effects in Team Sports: Empirical Evidence from NCAA Relay Teams

This paper investigates whether disparity in team member quality impacts team production using NCAA 4x400m relay teams. The net peer effects are estimated to have both an absolute and relative negative effect on the team performance. Because NCAA relay teams are comprised of unpaid amateurs, we utilize a direct measure of team-member quality rather than indirect measures such as wages. The evidence suggests that a greater disparity in team member quality reduces team performance, that is, it increases a relay team’s running time. This suggests that net negative peer effects exist and support the "team cohesiveness hypothesis" for NCAA relay teams.

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