Sara de la Rica , Juan Dolado, Raquel Vegas, 03 August 2010

The competitive paradigm predicts equivalent wages for equivalent workers, but significant gender gaps persist in many labor markets. This column analyses the gap in earnings between Spanish men and women, focusing on performance-related pay. It shows a strikingly large gap in pay and suggests that employer beliefs about unbalanced household tasks and outside options generate “a marriage premium” for males and a “marriage penalty” for women.

Richard Freeman, Alex Bryson, 03 September 2008

Shared capitalism schemes, in which workers are given larger financial stakes in their employers, are growing in popularity. This column summarises recent evidence that may explain the growth – shared capitalism seems to boost productivity.

John Budd, 04 September 2008

Shared capitalism aims to motivate employees by giving them a greater financial stake in their companies. Recent research shows that many workers do not know about or understand such plans. How can such plans work if employees don’t know they exist?

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