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Efficiency Wages: Variants and Implications

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Wages affect productivity and non-wage costs with important labor market implications. Efficiency wage theories center on these issues. This article provides a brief non-technical overview.

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  • Schlicht, Ekkehart, 2016. "Efficiency Wages: Variants and Implications," Discussion Papers in Economics 25168, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
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    1. Überqualifikation
      by Ekkehart Schlicht in Funktionale Staatsfinanzen on 2018-03-11 08:17:00
    2. Ein interessanter empirischer Befund zur zunehmenden Lohnungleichheit
      by Ekkehart Schlicht in Funktionale Staatsfinanzen on 2017-10-20 12:46:00

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    Keywords

    efficiency wages; selection wages; turnover wages; discipline wages; shirking; size-wage effect; firm-size effect; congestion-wage effect; Reder-competition; discrimination; hiring standards; minimum wage; income taxation;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents

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