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Piece Rates, Fixed Wages and Incentives: Evidence from a Field Experiment

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    Data from a field experiment, conducted within a tree-planting firm, are used to estimate the gain in productivity that is realized when workers are paid piece rates rather than fixed wages. The experiment provides daily observations on individual worker productivity under both piece rates and fixed wages. ANOVA methods are used to estimate the incentive effect to be 20%. Since planting conditions potentially affect the incentive effect, structural econometric methods are used to generalize the experimental results to out-of-sample conditions. The structural model identifies a lower bound on the incentive effect that is estimated to be 18.5%.

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    Paper provided by Université Laval - Département d'économique in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 0101.

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    Keywords: Compensation Systems; Incentives; Experimental Economics; Structural Econometrics;

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    1. Christopher Ferrall, 2002. "Estimation and Inference in Social Experiments," General Economics and Teaching 0209001, EconWPA.

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