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If I can do it, so can you! : Peer effects on perseverance

    2018
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  • Journal of economic behavior and organization. - 2018, vol. 155, p. 301-314
English Successful performance – be it in school, at the job, or in sports activities – requires perseverance, i.e., persistent work on a demanding task. We investigate in a controlled laboratory experiment how an individual's social environment affects perseverance. We find evidence for two kinds of peer effects: being observed by a peer can postpone the decision to give up, while observing a peer can be informative and have more sustainable effects. In particular, we show that successful peers affect perseverance positively if they communicate their success in a motivating way and negatively otherwise. Our experimental results suggest that peers affect perseverance indirectly, via influencing self-confidence.
Faculty
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales
Department
Département d'économie politique
Language
  • English
Classification
Economics
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https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/308187
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