Precision in U-Type and J-Type Tournaments
AbstractIn this paper I contrast the impact of precision, i.e., the level of accuracy with which workers’ performance is assessed, on wage costs in U- and J-type tournaments. In U-type tournaments prizes are fixed. In J-type tournaments only an overall wage sum is specified. The principal can increase precision by including more signals in performance measurement. Doing so leads to stronger incentives in U-type tournaments, but not in J-type tournaments. The principal strictly prefers a U-type tournament if workers receive a rent under limited liability and the costs of increasing precision are low. However, if workers are inequity-averse and have unlimited liability, the J-type tournament leads to lower wage costs.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by LMU Munich School of Management in its journal Schmalenbach Business Review.
Volume (Year): 57 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Inequity Aversion; Precision; Tournaments.;
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