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Are workers rewarded for inconsistent performance

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/03/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Industrial Relations
Issue number2
Volume61
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)137-151
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date29/09/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This paper examines whether workers are rewarded for inconsistent performances by salary premia. Some earlier research suggests that performance inconsistency leads to salary premia while other research finds premia for consistent performances. Using detailed salary and performance data for top-level footballers in Italy’s Serie A, we find that inconsistency is penalized for some important dimensions of basic performance measures associated with key skills of players, specifically clearances, aerial duels won, and shots on target.