Contract Incentives and Effort

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Daniel T. Winkler, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In a prevailing employment contract the agent receives a proportional split of commissions. Alternatively, the agent receives a contract paying 100% of revenue above a fixed payment to the firm. In this contract the firm has a prior payment position, similar to a landlord or lender. The coexistence of these equity-only and debt-equity type contracts allows testing incentives for productivity and effort for real estate licensees in the United States. Hourly wages and productivity are increasing in the agent's split, up to and including 100%. Effort as measured by hours worked are positively affected by the split. The contract incentives motivate productivity and induce effort without requiring monitoring.

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Journal of Real Estate Research 32(4), 397-412
Language: English
Date: 2010
Real Estate, Real Estate Agents, Incentive, Equity contracts, Commission

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