Learning unethical practices from a co-worker: the peer effect of Jose Canseco

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Learning unethical practices from a co-worker: the peer effect of Jose Canseco

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dc.contributor.author Gould, Eric en_GB
dc.contributor.author Kaplan, Todd R. en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-11T09:40:31Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:25:24Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-19T15:52:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the issue of whether workers learn productive skills from their co-workers, even if those skills are unethical. Specifically, we estimate whether Jose Canseco, a star baseball player in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, affected the performance of his teammates by introducing them to steroids. Using panel data, we show that a player’s performance increases significantly after they played with Jose Canseco. After checking 30 comparable players from the same era, we find that no other baseball player produced a similar effect. Furthermore, the positive effect of Canseco disappears after 2003, the year that drug testing was implemented. These results suggest that workers not only learn productive skills from their co-workers, but sometimes those skills may derive from unethical practices. These findings may be relevant to many workplaces where competitive pressures create incentives to adopt unethical means to boost productivity and profits. Our analysis leads to several potential policy implications designed to reduce the spread of unethical behavior among workers. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/109454 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher MPRA en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries MPRA Paper en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries 24232 en_GB
dc.relation.url http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/24232/ en_GB
dc.subject peer effects en_GB
dc.subject baseball en_GB
dc.subject corruption en_GB
dc.subject doping in sports en_GB
dc.title Learning unethical practices from a co-worker: the peer effect of Jose Canseco en_GB
dc.type Working Paper en_GB
dc.date.available 2010-08-11T09:40:31Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:25:24Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-19T15:52:51Z
dc.description Working paper; version dated August 3, 2010 en_GB


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