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

  • Jürgen Jerger

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    (University of Regensburg and Osteuropa-Institut Regensburg)

  • Jochen Michaelis

    ()

    (University of Kassel)

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 Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 201013.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:201013
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