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Which Employers Regard the Threat of Dismissal as a Suitable Incentive to Motivate Workers?

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  • Uwe Jirjahn

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Using German establishment data, this study finds that the share of blue-collar workers, an outdated production technology and a high-wage policy increase the probability that employers regard the threat of dismissal as a suitable incentive. A participatory HRM policy, the incidence of a works council and difficulties in filling vacancies decrease the probability.

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  • Uwe Jirjahn, 2015. "Which Employers Regard the Threat of Dismissal as a Suitable Incentive to Motivate Workers?," Research Papers in Economics 2015-06, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Dismissal threat; efficiency wage; monitoring; cooperation; regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General
    • M50 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - General

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