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Is Worker Behaviour Consistent with Efficiency Wages?

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  • Drago, Robert
  • Heywood, John S

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A model of worker behavior under efficiency wages is presented and the fundamental hypotheses identified. Using survey data from the United States, a cross-sectional testing equation is estimated. While not uniformly successful, the fundamental results emerge as a strong positive partial correlation between reported effort and the wage rate of the employee and between that same effort measure and degree of monitoring. These results, together with a weaker negative partial correlation between reported effort and the chances for reemployment after dismissal, are taken as evidence consistent with the efficiency wage model. Copyright 1992 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Drago, Robert & Heywood, John S, 1992. "Is Worker Behaviour Consistent with Efficiency Wages?," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 39(2), pages 141-153, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:39:y:1992:i:2:p:141-53
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