Pay Structure and Status

Henry Phelps Brown

in The Inequality of Pay

Published in print April 1979 | ISBN: 9780198851202
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596780 | DOI:
 Pay Structure and Status

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The study of status presented in this chapter centres upon the question that the economist and sociologist approach so differently: why there is generally so close an agreement between the rank orders of occupations by status and by pay. The different sections of the chapter are: The ordering of occupations by average earnings; The ordering of occupations by status; Pay differentials and the scale of status; The nature of status; Station in life as a basis of assigned income; Is status prior to pay?; Evidence for status moulding pay in modern societies; The influence of custom; and Divergences between the rank orders of status and pay––Instances of pay and status offsetting one another, and Stratification by status differing from ranking by pay. The last section reviews and discusses the material presented, drawing out seven main points.

Keywords: assigned income; average earnings; average pay; custom; occupation; pay; pay differentials; pay structure; rank order; rank order divergence; status

Chapter.  23027 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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