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Incentive Contracts

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  • Edward P. Lazear

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Labor relations involve incentive problems. The market solves these problems by developing a variety of institutions. This paper describes and assesses the various forms of incentive contracts.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 1917.

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Date of creation: May 1986
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Publication status: published as The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics. vol.2,pp. 744-748, ed. John Eatwell, Murray Milgate and Peter Newman. The Macmillan Press Limited London, 1987
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