16 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2004
Recent theoretical research suggests that a firm's salary structure can affect the firm's productivity. We investigate the relationship between payroll inequality and production using US Major League Baseball data. Employing panel data methods, this study finds that salary inequality has a significantly negative effect on team success. A general result is that team success in term of wins does not seem to be correlated with efficiency; specifically, some of the least successful teams are also some of the most efficient. In addition, salary inequality does not appear to be correlated with efficiency. Furthermore, revenues generated by teams are not necessarily correlated with team efficiency.
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Jewell, R. Todd and Molina, David, Productive Efficiency and Salary Distribution: The Case of U.S. Major League Baseball. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 51, pp. 127-142, February 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=514016
By Eric Seiler
By Uwe Sunde
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