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Peer Effects in Program Participation

Dahl, GB; Loken, KV; Mogstad, M; (2014) Peer Effects in Program Participation. American Economic Review , 104 (7) pp. 2049-2074. 10.1257/aer.104.7.2049. Green open access

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We estimate peer effects in paid paternity leave in Norway using a regression discontinuity design. Coworkers and brothers are 11 and 15 percentage points, respectively, more likely to take paternity leave if their peer was exogenously induced to take up leave. The most likely mechanism is information transmission, including increased knowledge of how an employer will react. The estimated peer effect snowballs over time, as the first peer interacts with a second peer, the second peer with a third, and so on. This leads to long-run participation rates which are substantially higher than would otherwise be expected.

Type: Article
Title: Peer Effects in Program Participation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.7.2049
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/aer.104.7.2049
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Program participation, Peer effects, Social interactions
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1413775
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