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Luck, Effort, and Reward in an Organizational Hierarchy

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  • Rick Audas

    (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

  • Tim Barmby

    (University of Aberdeen)

  • John Treble

    (University of Wales Swansea)

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Using the personnel records of a large British financial sector employer we investigate how workers respond to remuneration differences and "luck" in the promotion system. The results confirm that workers respond to larger remuneration spreads by working harder. Increased certainty in the promotion process also has this effect. There appears to be no difference between men's and women's reactions to promotion incentives. Gender differences in the raw data therefore appear not due to incentives. We need to look elsewhere for an explanation.

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  • Rick Audas & Tim Barmby & John Treble, 2004. "Luck, Effort, and Reward in an Organizational Hierarchy," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 22(2), pages 379-396, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:22:y:2004:i:2:p:379-396
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