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You're Paid What You're Worth - And Other Myths of the Modern Economy

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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?

About the author

Jake Rosenfeld is Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he specializes in the political and economic causes of inequality in advanced democracies. He is author of What Unions No Longer Do and writes for the New York Times, Politico, and the Los Angeles Times, among other outlets.


Setting wages isn't an exact science, but we like to think that our workplace performance provides an objective basis for pay. You're Paid What You're Worth offers a bold theory to the contrary, arguing that pay is decided in contests over interests and ideals-that social conflicts, not economic metrics, determine who gets how much.

Product details

Authors Jake Rosenfeld
Publisher Harvard University Press
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 31.01.2021
EAN 9780674916593
ISBN 978-0-674-91659-3
No. of pages 320
Dimensions 150 mm x 215 mm x 30 mm
Subjects Social sciences, law, business > Business

Sociology, Politik und Staat, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Organisationstheorie und -verhalten, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior

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