The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Labour Discipline

  • Peter Hans Matthews
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Although economists in different fields, or from different schools, use different words to describe the phenomenon, there is widespread agreement that workers can, and sometimes do, ‘contest’ the sale of their labour power to employers. The question of how employers maintain ‘labour discipline’ in such an environment has intrigued economists since at least Marx’s time.


Asymmetric information Capitalism Contested transactions Effort extraction problem Employment rent Hobbes, T. Incentive compatibility Kalecki, M. Labour discipline Labour market contracts Loyalty Marx, K. Supervision Unemployment 

JEL Classifications

J2 J3 J5 
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