Three Essays on Nonwage Compensation

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Johnson, Matthew S.
nonwage compensation; labor market; workplace safety; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; OSHA; regulation by shaming; health laws; employment mobility; noncompete agreement; NCA; firm-sponsored training
thesis / dissertation description
An employment relationship consists of many dimensions other than monetary compensation. Textbook economic theory implies that employers and employees will agree on an efficient level of such nonwage compensation based on an employee’s preferences and the employer’s cost. At the same time, most types of nonwage compensation are set in a context of substantial regulation, legal restrictions, and other interventions. This dissertation investigates how the institutional environment—including regulation, media coverage of corporate actions, and the strength of the labor market— affects firms’ decisions regarding two important types of nonwage compensation: workplace safety and health, and employment mobility.