Which peers matter? The relative impacts of collaborators, colleagues, and competitors

Kirk Doran, George J. Borjas, 13 June 2014

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 Economists increasingly focus on peer effects to explain behaviour, i.e. situations where one person's outcomes are partially determined by the characteristics of the people around him. Applications address diverse questions:

Topics: Education
Tags: productivity; science; peer effects

Why stars matter

Ajay K. Agrawal, John McHale, Alexander Oettl, 18 May 2014

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CEOs and policymakers show increasing interest in the role of stars in the performance of local economies including cities, regions, companies, and universities. Many assert that, in addition to the direct impact of stars, their arrival will catalyse a larger positive growth dynamic. However, we have a limited understanding of how much and why stars matter.

Topics: Productivity and Innovation
Tags: productivity; science; peer effects

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