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The fixed wage puzzle: Why profit sharing is so hard to implement

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  • Jerger, Jürgen
  • Michaelis, Jochen

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Profit sharing arrangements Pareto-dominate fixed wage contracts, but are (far) less than ubiquitous. We account for this fixed wage puzzle by adopting a perspective of bounded rationality. Specifically, plausible share arrangements are not generally acceptable to both firms and unions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 110 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 104-106

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:110:y:2011:i:2:p:104-106

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Keywords: Profit sharing Share economy Remuneration systems;

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