ISBN : 9780199693399
How should firms select their employees? How should they design their compensation schemes such that employees are motivated to work hard? How do the performance and compensation of teammates influence workers' motivation and productivity? Personnel economics examines human resource practices and answers questions that are of paramount importance for business leaders around the globe. In this volume, Edward P. Lazear, a founding father of personnel economics and winner of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics 2004, takes stock of the economic analysis of personnel management, and the advancements and achievements that have been made in this field over the past 30 years. The book contains an impressive selection of Lazear's most important papers. It provides a unifying approach to human resource practices and a useful reference on personnel strategies such as hiring, motivating, and training an effective work force.
I: INTRODUCTION BY THE EDITORS: EDWARD P. LAZEAR: A FOUNDING FATHER OF PERSONNEL ECONOMICS
II: WHAT IS PERSONNEL ECONOMICS?
III: EXPLAINING LABOR INSTITUTIONS IN BUSINESS
1. Why Is There Mandatory Retirement?
2. Pensions as Severance Pay
3. Job Security Provisions and Employment
4. An Economic Analysis of Works Councils
5. The Peter Principle: A Theory of Decline
IV COMPENSATION STRUCTURES
6. Rank-Order Tournaments as Optimum Labor Contracts
7. Salaries and Piece Rates
8. Performance Pay and Productivity
9. The Job as a Concept
V SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AND PERSONNEL ECONOMICS
10. Peer Pressure and Partnerships
11. Pay Equality and Industrial Politics
12. Culture and Language
VI: SKILL ACQUISITION AND PERSONNEL ECONOMICS
13. Firm-Specific Human Capital: A Skill-Weights Approach
14. Educational Production
15. Speeding, Terrorism, and Teaching to the Test
VII: PERSONNEL ECONOMICS - THE PAST AND FUTURE