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Wage dispersion and workers` effort

  • Fernanda Rivas

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    (University of Granada)

We study experimentally the relationship between intra-firm wage dispersion chosen by principals and workers'' performance. Principals show a preference for more egalitarian wage schemes, and workers are negatively influenced by high levels of wage inequality.

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Volume (Year): 29 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 788-794

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