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The Trade-Off Between Supervision Cost and Performance-Based Pay: Does it Matter?

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  • Bradley Ewing

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  • Phanindra Wunnava

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The study adds to the literature by providing new empirical evidence consistent with efficiency wage theory, and by providing estimates of the average cost of supervising a worker by industry. This research uses the 1996 wave of the NLSY and incorporates estimates of supervision cost computed from industry classifications. We further detect presence of no gender differences neither in risk-averseness nor in productivity gains associated with cost of Supervision and performance-based pay.

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Paper provided by Middlebury College, Department of Economics in its series Middlebury College Working Paper Series with number 0232.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2002
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Handle: RePEc:mdl:mdlpap:0232

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