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Performance Measurement and Incentive Plans

  • Kauhanen, Antti
  • Napari, Sami

This paper explores performance measurement in incentive plans. Based on theory, we argue that differences in the nature of jobs between blue- and white-collar employees lead to differences in incentive systems. We find that performance measurement for white-collar workers is broader in terms of the performance measures, the organizational level of performance measurement and the time horizon. The intensity of incentives is also stronger for white-collar employees. All of these findings are consistent with theory.

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 1216.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1216
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  7. Fama, Eugene F, 1991. "Time, Salary, and Incentive Payoffs in Labor Contracts," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 9(1), pages 25-44, January.
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  9. Baker, George P, 1992. "Incentive Contracts and Performance Measurement," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 100(3), pages 598-614, June.
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