MaR Seminar/Webinar – Tom Kirchmaier

june, 2024

04jun18:3019:30MaR Seminar/Webinar - Tom Kirchmaier


Event Details

CEF.UP – MaR Seminar/Webinar

Tuesday – June 4th , 2024 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Room 631 | Online


Peer pressure and manager pressure in organisations

Tom Kirchmaier – LSE – London School of Economics and Political Science (England, United Kingdom)



“We study the interaction between horizontal (peer) and vertical (manager) social factors in workers’ motivation. In our setting, individuals work using open-plan desks. Using a natural experiment, we identify a sharp increase in workers’ productivity following the occupation of adjacent desks. We link this peer pressure effect to two key aspects of the worker-manager relation. First, we find stronger peer pressure when managers monitor workers less. Second, we find stronger peer pressure among workers performance-evaluated by the same manager. In a set of counterfactual exercises, we illustrate how organisations could take advantage of these interdependencies to increase worker productivity. ”






(Tuesday) 18:30 - 19:30

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