Status in the Workplace: Evidence from M&A
Using mergers and acquisitions as a natural experiment, this paper analyzes how changes in workers?status in the workplace affect their turnover decisions. The evidence suggests that workers have different preferences for status depending on reference group. When compared with co-workers in the same occupation, workers positively value their status. However, when compared with workers in other occupations in the same firm, workers negatively value their status. Workers seem to give up absolute wage increase for higher status within occupation, which suggests that preference for status stems from status?social value, not from its instrumental value for future income.
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