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dc.contributor.authorWatson, Duncanen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWebb, Roberten_UK
dc.contributor.authorBirdi, Alvinen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe paper focuses on an employee’s perception of his or her own labour market outcome. It proposes that the basic earnings function, by adopting an approach that ignores perception effects, is likely to result in biased results that will fail to understand the complexities of the wage distribution. The paper uses an orthodox job search framework to illustrate the nature of this problem and then adapts the model to take onboard the theory of cognitive dissonance. The search model indicates how workers may adopt a coping strategy in order to reduce the disutility associated with the wage underpayment that develops. Then, by modelling cognitive dissonance, the paper highlights the weaknesses of using purely human capital proxies to understand labour market outcome. The analysis goes some way to explaining why individuals with equivalent human capital investment can have disparate earnings profilesen_UK
dc.relationWatson D, Webb R & Birdi A (2004) Coping with Low Pay: Cognitive Dissonance and Persistent Disparate Earnings Profiles. Theory and Decision, 57 (4), p. 367–378.
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dc.subjectCognitive dissonanceen_UK
dc.subjectJob search modelen_UK
dc.subjectWage differentialsen_UK
dc.titleCoping with Low Pay: Cognitive Dissonance and Persistent Disparate Earnings Profilesen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleTheory and Decisionen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderGlasgow Caledonian Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Walesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationGlasgow Caledonian Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Sussexen_UK
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