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High piece-rate wages do not reduce hours worked


Gregory Encina Billikopf

Author Affiliations

G.E. Billikopf is Area Labor Management Farm Advisor, Stanislaus County, UC Cooperative Extension.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 49(1):17-18. DOI:10.3733/ca.v049n01p17. January 1995.

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Some farmers resist increasing incentive pay levels when compensating seasonal crew workers. They have hypothesized that workers have a certain earnings goal for each day and that once this goal is achieved, workers will go home. This study conducted in the San Joaquin Valley shows that crew workers generally do not have such an earnings goal. When piece-rate paid crew workers do leave work early, it is more likely because they are overly hot or tired or that wages are low.

Billikopf G. 1995. High piece-rate wages do not reduce hours worked. Hilgardia 49(1):17-18. DOI:10.3733/ca.v049n01p17
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