Dags för hemliga löner?

Påverkas människors tillfredsställelse med sina arbeten av om de har information om vad deras medarbetare tjänar? Ja, i vissa fall, enligt den nya studien ”Inequality at Work: The Effect of Peer Salaries on Job Satisfaction”:

[W]e find that access to information on co-workers’ wages has significantly different effects on employees with salaries above and below the median in their department and occupation group. In particular, the information treatment causes a reduction in pay and job satisfaction and an increase in planned job search for those whose wages are below the median in their department and occupation group. By comparison, those who are paid above the median experience no significant change in any of these outcomes. Allowing the response to treatment to depend on the gap between an individual’s own wage and the median of his or her pay unit, we find that job satisfaction of treated workers is increasing in relative wages for those with wages below the median, but flat thereafter.

Information om andras löner påverkar människors välmående, i alla fall om man tjänar mindre än medianinkomsten i den grupp man jämför sig med. Talar det för att hemlighålla löner på arbetsplatser? Kanske är det en bättre metod att hantera missnöje med inkomstskillnader än att eliminera dem (vilket kan medföra andra kostnader).