Piece Rates and Workplace Injury: Does Survey Evidence Support Adam Smith?

Bender, K A and Green, C and Heywood, J S (2010) Piece Rates and Workplace Injury: Does Survey Evidence Support Adam Smith? Working Paper. The Department of Economics, Lancaster University.

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Abstract

While piece rates are routinely associated with greater productivity and higher wages, they may also generate unanticipated effects. This paper uses cross-country European data to provide among the first broad survey evidence of a strong link between piece rates and workplace injury. Despite unusually good controls for workplace hazards, job characteristics and worker effort, workers on piece rates suffer a large 5 percentage point greater likelihood of injury. As injury rates are typically not controlled for when estimating the premium to piece rates, this raises the specter that a portion of the return to piece rates reflects a compensating wage differential for risk of injury.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/aacsb/disciplinebasedresearch
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 49001
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 21:27
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 00:26
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49001

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