Efficiency Wages and X-Inefficiencies

Stockholm School of Economics Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance No. 180

21 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 1998

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Tore Ellingsen

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics; Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: August 1997

Abstract

Within most organizations, agents may spend time on a variety of tasks, productive and redistributive. In this paper, I derive an optimal multi-task incentive scheme under the realistic assumption that agents have limited liability. The wage level is shown to increase with an agent's discretion and the organization's profits. With multiple agents, it is generally not optimal for the principal to fully eliminate distributional conflict within the organization. The resulting influence costs constitute a measure of X-inefficiency. The paper illuminates the relationship between competition and influence costs, emphasizing the role of the organization's production technology.

JEL Classification: J41, J31, L22

Suggested Citation

Ellingsen, Tore, Efficiency Wages and X-Inefficiencies (August 1997). Stockholm School of Economics Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance No. 180, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=54883 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.54883

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