The University of Toronto Operations Research Group (UTORG), CORS/INFORMS student chapter, will be hosting its first Distinguished Speaker Talk by Professor Kory Kroft, PhD Wednesday November 25, 2015 from 12 (noon) - 2PM at MB101.
Speaker: Kory Kroft, University of Toronto
Title: “Peer Effects in the Workplace: Evidence from Random Groupings in Professional Golf Tournaments”
This paper uses random assignment in professional golf tournaments to test for peer effects in the workplace. We find no evidence that playing partners’ ability affects performance, contrary to recent evidence on peer effects in the workplace from laboratory experiments, grocery scanners, and soft fruit pickers. In our preferred specification, we can rule out peer effects larger than 0.043 strokes for a one stroke increase in playing partners’ ability. Our results complement existing studies on workplace peer effects and are useful in explaining how social effects vary across labor markets, across individuals, and with the form of incentives faced.
Kory Kroft is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow in Public Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His current research interests include the optimal design of taxation and social insurance policies, the causes and consequences of unemployment, and behavioral welfare economics. His work has been published in journals including the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. Professor Kroft received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, his M.A. from Queens University and Ph.D. degree from University of California at Berkeley.
This event is open to all University of Toronto students, faculty and researchers with an interest in Operations Research. Bring all of your friends! Snacks and refreshments will be provided.