Faculty Publications

Title

The utility of pay raises/cuts: A simulation experimental study

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Pay cuts, Pay raises, Utility and disutility

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Economic Psychology

Volume

49

First Page

150

Last Page

166

Abstract

Theories from the fields of psychophysics, economics, and organizational behavior are integrated to develop insights about people's attitudinal reactions to (i.e., the utility and disutility of) pay raises and pay cuts of different sizes. Linear, logarithmic, power, and quadratic functions are developed from this integration. Techniques for evaluating the empirical applicability of these utility/disutility relationships are illustrated among a sample of 192 student "employees" in an experimental simulation. The results provide a partial test of the integrated framework. The results indicate a quadratic relationship for pay raises and a linear relationship for pay cuts. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Original Publication Date

8-1-2015

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.joep.2015.05.003

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