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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Un‐nudgeable Nudgers: An Experiment on Voluntary Contribution to an Academic Network Working on the CAP. A Note

Lefebvre, Marianne; Barreiro-Hurle, Jesus; Rommel, Jens


Peer networks can positively affect individual careers and the scientific enterprise as a whole. People's willingness to contribute to such networks is poorly understood. In an email experiment, we investigated how framing the future research environment affects people's willingness to contribute to an emerging academic network. In spite of relatively large treatment effects, we do not find statistically significant effects of pessimistic or optimistic messaging on the willingness to contribute. We discuss limitations of the small sample size and the future research potential of network nudges.


behavioural economics; nudging; peer communications; research networks; willingness to cooperate

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Journal of Agricultural Economics
2021, volume: 72, number: 2, pages: 628-634

Authors' information

Lefebvre, Marianne
Universite d'Angers
Barreiro‐Hurlé, Jesus
Joint Research Centre, European Commission (JRC)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics

UKÄ Subject classification

Applied Psychology
Business Administration

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