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

Author(s): Youjin Hahn, Asadul Islam, Eleonora Patacchini and Yves Zenou

Publication Date: May 2015

Keyword(s): leaders, Network centrality, soft skills and team work

Programme Area(s): Development Economics and Labour 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.

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Hahn, Y, Islam, A, Patacchini, E and Zenou, Y. 2015. 'Teams, Organization and Education Outcomes: Evidence from a field experiment in Bangladesh'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. http://www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10631