DP10631 Teams, Organization and Education Outcomes: Evidence from a field experiment in Bangladesh

Author(s): Youjin Hahn, Asadul Islam, Eleonora Patacchini, Yves Zenou
Publication Date: May 2015
Keyword(s): leaders, Network centrality, soft skills, team work
JEL(s): A14, C93, D01, I20
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, Development Economics
Link to this Page: www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10631

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.