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Has Performance Pay Increased Wage Inequality in Britain?

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  • Mark Bryan
  • Alex Bryson

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Using data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) we show performance pay (PP) increased earnings dispersion among men and women, and to a lesser extent among full-time working women, in the decade of economic growth which ended with the recession of 2008. PP was also associated with some compression in the lower half of the wage distribution for women. The effects were predominantly associated with a broad measure of PP that included bonuses. However, these effects were modest and there is no indication that PP became increasingly prevalent, as some had predicted, over the decade prior to recession.

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  • Mark Bryan & Alex Bryson, 2015. "Has Performance Pay Increased Wage Inequality in Britain?," CEP Discussion Papers dp1346, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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    Wages; wage inequality; performance pay; bonuses;
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    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods

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