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Group vs. Individual Performance Pay When Workers Are Envious

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  • Dominique Demougin
  • Claude Fluet

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We compare the wage costs of providing incentives through group versus individual bonus schemes. When workers are envious, either scheme may be the least cost one owing to the trade-off between the dissatisfaction with the prospect of unequal pay and the incentives it generates Nous comparons les coûts salariaux des rémunérations incitatives par bonus de groupe et par bonus individuels. Quand les travailleurs ont une propension à l'envie, l'un ou l'autre de ces modes de rémunération peut s'avérer le moins coûteux étant donné l'arbitrage entre l'insatisfaction associée aux inégalités salariales et les incitations à l'effort qu'elles engendrent.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2003s-10.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2003s-10

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Keywords: Bonus; Efficiency Wage; Envy; Fairness; Incentives; Bonus; salaire d'efficience; envie; équité; incitations;

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  1. David Gill & Rebecca Stone, 2011. "Desert and Inequity Aversion in Teams," Economics Series Working Papers 563, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  2. Bartling, Björn & Siemens, Ferdinand von, 2006. "The Intensity of Incentives in Firms and Markets: Moral Hazard with Envious Agents," Discussion Papers in Economics 913, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  3. Robert Dur & Amihai Glazer, 2004. "Optimal Incentive Contracts For a Worker Who Envies His Boss," CESifo Working Paper Series 1282, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Dominique Demougin & Claude Fluet & Carsten Helm, 2004. "Output and Wages with Inequality Averse Agents," Cahiers de recherche 0419, CIRPEE.
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  7. Björn Bartling & Ferdinand A. von Siemens, 2010. "Equal Sharing Rules in Partnerships," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 166(2), pages 299-320, June.
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  9. Bartling, Björn, 2004. "The Role of Investment Banks in IPOs and Incentives in Firms: Essays in Financial and Behavioral Economics," Munich Dissertations in Economics 2642, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
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  12. Grund, Christian & Przemeck, Judith, 2008. "Subjective Performance Evaluation and Inequality Aversion," IZA Discussion Papers 3382, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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