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The Fixed Wage Puzzle: Why Profit Sharing Is So Hard to Implement

  • Jerger , Jürgen


  • Michaelis, Jochen


It is well known that profit sharing arrangements Pareto-dominate fixed wage contracts. Share agreements are (far) less than ubiquitous, however. This paper offers a solution of this ”fixed wage puzzle“ by adopting a perspective of bounded rationality. We show that share arrangements that fulfill ”plausible“ constraints are not generally acceptable to both firms and unions.

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Paper provided by University of Regensburg, Department of Economics in its series University of Regensburg Working Papers in Business, Economics and Management Information Systems with number 441.

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Date of creation: Apr 2010
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