publication . Research . Article . 2017

Do discriminatory pay regimes unleash antisocial behavior

Kerstin Grosch; Holger Andreas Rau;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: Göttingen: University of Göttingen, Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research (cege)
Abstract
In this paper, we analyze how pay-regime procedures affect antisocial behavior at the workplace. In a real-effort experiment we vary two determinants of pay regimes: discrimination and justification of payments by performance. In our Discrimination treatment half of the workforce is randomly selected and promoted and participate in a tournament (high-income workers) whereas the other half receives no payment (lowincome workers). Afterwards, antisocial behavior is measured by a Joy-of-Destruction game where participants can destroy canteen vouchers. The data show that low-income workers destroy significantly more vouchers than high-income workers. Destruction beh...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: health care economics and organizations
free text keywords: C91, D03, J33, J70, M52, antisocial behavior, discrimination, experiment, joy of destruction, ddc:330
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