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Promotion Tournaments and Individual Performance Pay

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  • Anja Schöttner
  • Veikko Thiele

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"We analyze the optimal combination of promotion tournaments and linear individual performance pay in an employment relationship. An agent's effort is nonobservable and he has private information about his suitability for promotion. Thus, the two incentive schemes need to be combined to serve both incentive and selection purposes. If harder working agents respond less to intensified effort incentives, we find that the principal puts less emphasis on individual performance pay when selection becomes more important. Thus, we provide a possible explanation as to why, in practice, individual performance pay is less prevalent than promotion-based incentives." Copyright (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..

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Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 699-731

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  1. Benoît Mahy & François Rycx & Mélanie Volral, 2011. "Does Wage Dispersion Make All Firms Productive?," Working Papers CEB 11-021, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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