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Effort, revenu et rang. Une étude expérimentale

  • Andrew Clark
  • David Masclet
  • Marie-Claire Villeval

This paper reports on the results of a laboratory experiment aiming at investigating the effects of wage comparisons on effort. Individuals compare to each others and such comparisons do affect their decisions. For a given absolute wage, those who get a lower rank in the distribution decrease their level of effort. Their effort is also influenced by the evolution of both their wage and their relative position over time. Classification JEL : M54, J33, A13, C92

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Article provided by Presses de Sciences-Po in its journal Revue économique.

Volume (Year): 57 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 635-643

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