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Wage dispersion and workers? effort

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  • Maria Fernanda Rivas

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  • Matthias Sutter

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We study experimentally the relationship between intra-firm wage dispersion chosen by principals and workers' performance. Principals show a preference for more egalitarian wage schemes, and workers are negatively influenced by high levels of wage inequality.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2008-15.

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Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:inn:wpaper:2008-15

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