|Bartling, Björn; Fehr, Ernst; Schmidt, Klaus M. (Januar 2010): Screening, Competition, and Job Design. Economic Origins of Good Jobs. Münchener Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge (VWL) 2010-7|
In recent decades, many firms offered more discretion to their employees, often increasing the productivity of effort but also leaving more opportunities for shirking. These “high-performance work systems” are difficult to understand in terms of standard moral hazard models. We show experimentally that complementarities between high effort discretion, rent-sharing, screening opportunities, and competition are important driving forces behind these new forms of work organization. We document in particular the endogenous emergence of two fundamentally distinct types of employment strategies. Employers either implement a control strategy, which consists of low effort discretion and little or no rent-sharing, or they implement a trust strategy, which stipulates high effort discretion and substantial rent-sharing. If employers cannot screen employees, the control strategy prevails, while the possibility of screening renders the trust strategy profitable. The introduction of competition substantially fosters the trust strategy, reduces market segmentation, and leads to large welfare gains for both employers and employees.
|Dokumententyp:||Paper (Discussion Paper)|
|Keywords:||job design, high-performance work systems, screening, reputation, competition, trust, control, social preferences, complementarities|
Volkswirtschaft > Munich Discussion Papers in Economics
Volkswirtschaft > Munich Discussion Papers in Economics > Arbeit
Volkswirtschaft > Lehrstühle > Seminar für Wirtschaftstheorie
|Themengebiete:||300 Sozialwissenschaften > 300 Sozialwissenschaft, Soziologie
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 330 Wirtschaft
|JEL Classification:||C91, D86|
|Veröffentlicht am:||18. Jan. 2010 21:11|
|Letzte Änderungen:||02. Mai 2016 07:03|
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