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Wage inequality and team production: An experimental analysis


Bartling, Björn; Von Siemens, Ferdinand A (2011). Wage inequality and team production: An experimental analysis. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32(1):1-16.

Abstract

Numerous survey studies report that human resource managers curb wage inequality with the intent to avoid detrimental effects on workers’ morale. However, there exists little controlled empirical evidence demonstrating that horizontal social comparisons and wage inequality have adverse effects on worker behavior. In this paper, we present data from a laboratory experiment that studies the impact of wage inequality on participation and effort choices in team production. Overall, we do not find evidence that wage inequality has a significant impact on either participation or effort choices.

Abstract

Numerous survey studies report that human resource managers curb wage inequality with the intent to avoid detrimental effects on workers’ morale. However, there exists little controlled empirical evidence demonstrating that horizontal social comparisons and wage inequality have adverse effects on worker behavior. In this paper, we present data from a laboratory experiment that studies the impact of wage inequality on participation and effort choices in team production. Overall, we do not find evidence that wage inequality has a significant impact on either participation or effort choices.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Applied Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:February 2011
Deposited On:03 Nov 2011 15:11
Last Modified:14 Aug 2022 05:40
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0167-4870
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2010.09.008
  • Content: Accepted Version