Performance pay and the white-black wage gap

Parent, Daniel and Heywood, John (2012) Performance pay and the white-black wage gap. Journal of Labor Economics, 30 (2). pp. 249-290. ISSN 0734-306X

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Abstract

We show that the reported tendency for performance pay to be associated with greater wage inequality at the top of the earnings distribution applies only to white workers. This results in the white-black wage differential among those in performance pay jobs growing over the earnings distribution even as the same differential shrinks over the distribution for those not in performance pay jobs. We show that this remains true even when examining suitable counterfactuals that hold observables constant between whites and blacks. We explore reasons behind our finding focusing on the interactions between discrimination, unmeasured ability, and selection.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Labor Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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ID Code:
64898
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Deposited On:
04 Jun 2013 09:27
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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04 Jul 2020 01:54