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Sorting and wage premiums in immoral work


Schneider, Florian H; Brun, Fanny; Weber, Roberto A (2024). Sorting and wage premiums in immoral work. Working paper series / Department of Economics 353, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We use surveys, laboratory experiments and administrative data to study how heterogeneity in the perceived immorality of work and in workers’ aversion to acting immorally impact labor market outcomes. Immoral work is associated with higher wages, both in administrative data and in causal experimental evidence. Individuals more willing to engage in immoral conduct find employment in firms and industries perceived as immoral less aversive and have higher employment rates in immoral work in the laboratory. These phenomena appear to be driven by impure social motives, reflecting a desire not to be involved with immoral work, rather than by consequentialist concerns.

Abstract

We use surveys, laboratory experiments and administrative data to study how heterogeneity in the perceived immorality of work and in workers’ aversion to acting immorally impact labor market outcomes. Immoral work is associated with higher wages, both in administrative data and in causal experimental evidence. Individuals more willing to engage in immoral conduct find employment in firms and industries perceived as immoral less aversive and have higher employment rates in immoral work in the laboratory. These phenomena appear to be driven by impure social motives, reflecting a desire not to be involved with immoral work, rather than by consequentialist concerns.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:C92, J31, D03
Uncontrolled Keywords:Wage premium, immoral behavior, impure social preferences, sorting, experiments
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:May 2024
Deposited On:08 Jul 2020 12:02
Last Modified:16 May 2024 10:57
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:60
ISSN:1664-705X
Additional Information:Revised version
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.econ.uzh.ch/en/research/workingpapers.html
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:19579
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