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Derek Jones

Jones Publishes in Industrial and Labor Relations

By Vige Barrie
Posted July 31, 2010
Tags Derek Jones Economics
Industrial and Labor Relations Review published a paper co-authored by Robert D. Morris Professor of Economics Derek Jones titled “Teams, Incentive Pay, and Productive Efficiency: Evidence From A Food-Processing Plant” in the July issue with Panu Kalmi and Antti Kauhanen.

By using weekly records on efficiency for four production lines in a Finnish food processing plant during the period 1999–2005, the authors investigated the effects on worker performance once changes in human resource management practices were instituted. Using time series methods to estimate structural change models, the authors were able to determine the extent to which specific human resource policies—the introduction of teams, company-wide profit-sharing and a group system of performance-related pay (PRP) affected workers’ efficiency, even though production technology remained the same. As predicted, the authors found that in three of the four production lines, when PRP was added to teams, productivity increased from between 9 and 20 percent, highlighting the importance of the complementarity between employee participation and incentive pay.

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