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Title: The Riddle of the Sands? Incentives and Labour Contracts on Archaeological digs in Northern Syria in the 1930s
Authors: Barmby, Tim
Dolton, Peter
Keywords: Intertemporal labour supply
Bakshish
Issue Date: 27-Jan-2006
Series/Report no.: Economics Working Paper Series
2006-01
Abstract: This paper analyses data on the daily work decisions of archaeological workers on a Syrian archaeological dig in 1938. The remuneration contract that these workers faced involved a fixed component and a stochastic component termed “bakshish” which were daily payments for small finds that the worker made on the dig. The value of these finds we argue represent transitory movements in the worker’s wage which can be used to examine intertemporal labour supply behaviour.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2164/48
ISSN: ISSN 0143-4543
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