Industry Profits, Wages and Competition under Incentive Labour Contracts with Unverifiable Effort
AbstractThis paper studies the interaction between incentive labour contracts, competition à la Cournot and industry profits, in a context where workers’ effort is not verifiable and the probability of the unemployed getting a job can depend on their employment histories according to the degree of product market competition. It is shown that efficiency wages paid by each firm can decrease when competition becomes fiercer. With discretionary bonuses, instead, wages are generally uncorrelated with competition, but there exists an upper threshold for the number of competing firms, over which profits collapse to zero. Moreover, if information about firms’ misbehaviour in paying bonuses flows in the labour market at a low rate, firms can make positive profits only by paying efficiency wages.
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Date of creation: Jan 2010
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industry profits; Cournot competition; efficiency wages; performance pay;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
- J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
- L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-12-04 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2010-12-04 (Business Economics)
- NEP-COM-2010-12-04 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-CTA-2010-12-04 (Contract Theory & Applications)
- NEP-LAB-2010-12-04 (Labour Economics)
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- Vicente Cuñat & Maria Guadalupe, 2005.
"How Does Product Market Competition Shape Incentive Contracts?,"
Journal of the European Economic Association,
MIT Press, vol. 3(5), pages 1058-1082, 09.
- Vicente Cuñat & María Guadalupe, 2005. "How Does Product Market Competition Shape Incentive Contracts?," CEP Discussion Papers dp0687, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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