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Replication data for: Anatomy of a Contract Change

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  • Jayaraman, Rajshri
  • Ray, Debraj
  • de Véricourt, Francis
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  • Abstract

    We study a contract change for tea pluckers on an Indian plantation, with a higher government-stipulated baseline wage. Incentive piece rates were lowered or kept unchanged. Yet, in the following month, output increased by 20 to 80 percent. This response contradicts the standard model and several variants, is only partly explicable by greater supervision, and appears to be "behavioral." But in subsequent months, the increase is comprehensively reversed. Though not an unequivocal indictment of "behavioral" models, these findings suggest that nonstandard responses may be ephemeral, and should ideally be tracked over an extended period of time. (JEL D82, D86, J33, J41, J43, O13, Q12)
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.20141122 (Text)
  • Jayaraman, Rajshri, Debraj Ray, and Francis de Véricourt. “Anatomy of a Contract Change.” American Economic Review 106, no. 2 (February 2016): 316–58.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20141122 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Jayaraman, Rajshri; Ray, Debraj; de Véricourt, Francis (2016): Replication data for: Anatomy of a Contract Change. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.