Title

Piece-rate payment schemes and the employment of women : the case of Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Comparative Economics

Publication Date

1-1-1997

Volume

25

Issue

2

First Page

237

Last Page

255

Abstract

Past studies confirm unanimously that establishments with high shares of women workers are more likely to adopt piece-rate schemes. This result follows the presumption that women are poorly motivated by deferred compensation because of their shorter expected tenure. An original survey of establishments provides the first test of the determinants of piece rates in Hong Kong. Unique survey questions identify the presence of deferred compensation for which the share of women was presumably a proxy. Despite these controls and their significance, the share of women fully retains its role. We suggest alternatives to the received theory supporting the association between women and piece rates.

DOI

10.1006/jcec.1997.1464

Print ISSN

01475967

E-ISSN

10957227

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Heywood, J. S., & Wei, X. (1997). Piece-rate payment schemes and the employment of women: The case of Hong Kong. Journal of Comparative Economics, 25(2), 237-255. doi: 10.1006/jcec.1997.1464