Piece rates for professors

John S. HEYWOOD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States
Xiangdong WEI, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Guangliang YE, Renmin University of China, China

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Using panel data, we demonstrate a 50% increase in research productivity following a dramatic increase in the piece rate paid for articles by a major Chinese University. The increased productivity comes exclusively from those who were already research active.