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Title:Cheating in the workplace: An experimental study of the impact of bonuses and productivity PDF Logo
Authors:Gill, David
Prowse, Victoria L.
Vlassopoulos, Michael
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6725
Abstract:We use an online real-effort experiment to investigate how bonus-based pay and worker productivity interact with workplace cheating. Firms often use bonus-based compensation plans, such as group bonuses and firm-wide profit sharing, that induce considerable uncertainty in how much workers are paid. Exposing workers to a compensation scheme based on random bonuses makes them cheat more but has no effect on their productivity. We also find that more productive workers behave more dishonestly. We explain how these results suggest that workers' cheating behavior responds to the perceived fairness of their employer's compensation scheme.
Subjects:bonus
compensation
cheating
dishonesty
lying
employee crime
productivity
slider task
real effort
experiment
JEL:C91
J33
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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