Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203344
Authors: 
Devereux, Kevin
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series 14
Abstract: 
Do workers vary in their ability to work with others? I compare a given worker's productivity in solitary production to their value-added to team production to identify team skills: a worker's contribution to team production above and beyond that given by general skills. The identifying assumption is that workers use general skills in both production functions, but team skills only in team production. Professional men's tennis provides a useful setting to compare solo work (singles) to teamwork (doubles). I find that around 50% of variation in team output is explained by team skills. This is robust to a variety of specifications, including nonlinearities in player inputs. Players sort positively-assortatively along both skill dimensions, yielding indirect returns to skills of about half the magnitude of the direct returns.
Subjects: 
skills
human capital
teamwork
sorting
non-partite matching
assortative matching
JEL: 
C33
D31
J24
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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