Dr Sangwoon Park’s study takes a scientific look at what makes friendships at work tick and how these friendships affect productivity in the workplace. His findings reveal that worker productivity declines when friends socialize at work, but that, surprisingly, people are also willing to “pay” almost 5% of their wages to work near a friend – suggesting that friends who work together get more out of their jobs than just money.
- Ph.D., M.A., Northwestern University
- B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Sangyoon PARK received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, and joined The University of Hong Kong in 2016. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and an M.A. in Economics from Northwestern University in 2011.
Sangyoon’s research interests lie at the intersection of development, labour, and personnel economics. His current research focuses on topics related to peer effects, gender, and technology adoption.
- Development Economics
- Labour Economics
- Personnel Economics
- “Socializing at Work: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Manufacturing Workers”,
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11(3), July 2019, pp. 424-55.
- “Coeducation, Academic Performance and Subject Choice: Evidence from Quasi-Random Classroom Assignments”, Education Economics, 26(6), November 2018, pp. 574-92
- “Heterogeneous Peers at Work: Evidence from Randomized Peer Assignments”
- “Technology Upgrading in Agricultural Export Supply Chains: A Field Experiment in Vietnam”
- “Opening the black box of North Korea’s economy” (with Meeyoung Cha, Jihee Kim, and Hyunjoo
- “The Impacts of Tracking on Academic Achievement and Self-Efficacy: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design” (with Jungmin Lee)
- “Demand for Ultrasonography: Roles of price framing and sex information” (with Hyuncheol Kim and Hyuk Son)