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Do Higher Wages Come at a Price?

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Job satisfaction and job anxiety are negatively correlated. Still, using linked employer-employee data for Britain, we find that higher wages are associated with higher job satisfaction and higher job anxiety. While the association between higher wages and job anxiety is robust to the inclusion of effort controls, the association between non pecuniary job satisfaction and wages is not. Co-workers' mean wages are positively associated with pay satisfaction, negatively associated with non-pecuniary job satisfaction but they are not associated with job anxiety. Thus there is no support for the proposition that within-workplace wage differentials are a source of job anxiety.

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  • Dr Alex Bryson, 2010. "Do Higher Wages Come at a Price?," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 371, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
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    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions

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