Title: Merit criteria as justification for differences in earnings
Authors: Overlaet, Robrecht # ×
Issue Date: 1991
Series Title: Journal of Economic Psychology vol:12 issue:4 (Dec.) pages:689-706
Abstract: A professional income can be considered as part of an exchange between an individual (employee) and a social group (company or society). From this framework, 2 different meanings of the term merit are deduced: 1. Individual workers stress the efforts they have shown and expect a fair recompensation in return. 2. The social group emphasizes the results for the community and tries to maximize collective productivity. Both conceptions lead to different notions of how merit should be rewarded. These theoretical considerations illustrate the complexity of distributive decisions, even in fairly simple situations. In general, the subjects highly reward efforts produced, but only on the assumption that they will lead to more or better results. When this assumption is violated explicitly in the case description, most respondents solve the conflict by resorting to an equal distribution
ISSN: 0167-4870
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
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