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Social Comparisons of Wage Increases and Job Satisfaction

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  • Grund, Christian

    (RWTH Aachen University)

  • Rubin, Maike

    (RWTH Aachen University)

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We combine status quo and social comparison considerations and investigate whether relative wage increases in the sense of differences between individual wage increases and wage increases of comparable employees are related to managers' job satisfaction. Using a panel data set of managers in the German chemical industry, we indeed find first evidence. The relation between relative wage increases and job satisfaction is relevant for managers with lower absolute wage levels in particular.

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  • Grund, Christian & Rubin, Maike, 2016. "Social Comparisons of Wage Increases and Job Satisfaction," IZA Discussion Papers 10038, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    status quo preferences; social comparisons; reference points; job satisfaction; wage increases;
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    JEL classification:

    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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