Examining the Tradeoff between Fixed Pay and Performance-related Pay: A Choice Experiment Approach


Previous investigations on performance-related pay have mainly analyzed its relationships with earnings, productivity, and job satisfaction. Less attention has been devoted to the investigations of individuals’ preferences for the performance-related payment system per se and consequently the tradeoff between fixed pay and performance-related pay. In this paper, we first use a choice experiment approach to investigate the tradeoff between fixed pay and performance-related pay, and then link the tradeoff for each individual with their risk preferences. Our main results indicate that individuals’ preferences for the payment system per se and the magnitude of tradeoffs between fixed pay and performance pay are different according to their risk preferences.


Fixed pay, Performance-related pay, Choice experiment, Risk preference

JEL Classification

C35, J33


Junyi SHEN
Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration,
Kobe University
Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe
657-8501 Japan
Phone: +81-78-803-7036
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Kazuhito OGAWA
Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University

Faculty of International Studies, Hiroshima City University