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Center for Research in Sports Administration

Are Workers Rewarded for Inconsistent Performance?

We are happy to announce that Anil Özdemir, Helmut Dietl, Giambattista Rossi, and Rob Simmons have published their latest paper titled "Are Workers Rewarded for Inconsistent Performance" in Industrial Relations.

The paper examines whether workers are rewarded for inconsistent performance by salary premia. Some earlier research suggests that performance inconsistency leads to salary premia, while other research finds premia for consistent performance. Using detailed salary and performance data for top-level footballers in Italy’s Serie A, the authors find that inconsistency is penalized for some important dimensions of basic performance measures associated with key skills of players, specifically clearances, aerial duels won, and shots on target.