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Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) Working papers, Department of Economics, WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

No 247:
Do individual salaries depend on the performance of the peers? Prototype heuristic and wage bargaining in the NBA

Harald Oberhofer () and Marian Schwinner ()

Abstract: This paper analyzes the link between relative market value of representative subsets of athletes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and individual wages. NBA athletes are categorized with respect to multiple performance characteristics utilizing the k-means algorithm to cluster observations and a group's market value is calculated by averaging real annual salaries. Employing GMM estimation techniques to a dynamic wage equation, we find a statistically significant and positive effect of one-period lagged relative market value of an athlete's representative cluster on individual wages after controlling for past individual performance. This finding is consistent with the theory of prototype heuristic, introduced by Kahneman and Frederick (2002), that NBA teams' judgment about an athlete's future performance is based on a comparison of the player to a prototype group consisting of other but comparable athletes.

Keywords: Prototype heuristic, wage bargaining, NBA, Behavioral economics of organization; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D82,; J31,; J44; (follow links to similar papers)

May 2017

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