Federal Merit Pay: A Longitudinal Analysis

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Pearce, Jone L., and James L. Perry. 1983. Federal Merit Pay: A Longitudinal Analysis. Public Administration Review 43(4): 315-325.

This is one of early empirical studies that analyzed whether or not merit-pay affects individual performance of public officials, which is related to the effect of extrinsic motivation factors on individual behaviors and performance. Using FSE data, this study attempted to examine the effect of merit pay which was one of major changes mandated by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. The theme of this article still remains as an important research question in the area of public personnel administration particularly in motivation and performance of public servants. -Editorial Board

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