You're paid what you're worth
and other myths of the modern economy
- ISBN: 9780674916593
- Editorial: Harvard University Press
- Fecha de la edición: 2021
- Lugar de la edición: Cambridge (Mass). Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
- Encuadernación: Cartoné
- Medidas: 22 cm
- Nº Pág.: 364
- Idiomas: Inglés
A myth-busting book challenges the idea that we’re paid according to objective criteria and places power and social conflict at the heart of economic analysis.
Your pay depends on your productivity and occupation. If you earn roughly the same as others in your job, with the precise level determined by your performance, then you’re paid market value. And who can question something as objective and impersonal as the market? That, at least, is how many of us tend to think. But according to Jake Rosenfeld, we need to think again.
Job performance and occupational characteristics do play a role in determining pay, but judgments of productivity and value are also highly subjective. What makes a lawyer more valuable than a teacher? How do you measure the output of a police officer, a professor, or a reporter? Why, in the past few decades, did CEOs suddenly become hundreds of times more valuable than their employees? The answers lie not in objective criteria but in battles over interests and ideals. In this contest four dynamics are paramount: power, inertia, mimicry, and demands for equity. Power struggles legitimize pay for particular jobs, and organizational inertia makes that pay seem natural. Mimicry encourages employers to do what peers are doing. And workers are on the lookout for practices that seem unfair. Rosenfeld shows us how these dynamics play out in real-world settings, drawing on cutting-edge economics, original survey data, and a journalistic eye for compelling stories and revealing details.
At a time when unions and bargaining power are declining and inequality is rising, You’re Paid What You’re Worth is a crucial resource for understanding that most basic of social questions: Who gets what and why?
I. Questions about Pay
1. What Does Determine Our Pay?
2. What Do We Think Determines Our Pay?
II. Paying for Performance?
3. Employers Against the Free Market
4. Mismeasuring Performance and the Pitfalls of Paying for Merit
5. The Bosses’ Boss
III. Paying for the Job?
6. When Good Jobs Go Bad
7. Bad Jobs Can Be Good
IV. Toward a Fairer Wage
8. Rethinking Inequality
9. Toward a Fairer Wage
Epilogue: What Foot Soldiers Deserve