What have we learnt about pay for performance?
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Citation:Prendergast, Canice. 'What have we learnt about pay for performance?'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 42, No. 2, Summer, 2011, pp113-134, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
Governance is a central concern of economics. In much of economic activity, relevant principals (firms, voters, government agencies, and so on) delegate decisions to agents who may not have the interests of those principals at heart. Much of the literature in microeconomics of the last two decades has been concerned with the issue ? what mechanisms can firms use to attempt to align interests? That such concerns are important hardly needs to be emphasised in the current Irish economic environment, where concerns of excessive lending by the banking sector have resulted in many claims about compensation and oversight. The purpose of this lecture is to overview the literature on one mechanism that has been proposed for solving agency concerns ? pay for performance ? but to place it in the context of other forms of governance.
Publisher:Economic & Social Research Institute
Description:Geary Lecture Winter 2010