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Key Findings

  • Pay secrecy (in contrast to pay transparency) negatively affects the performance of individuals who are less tolerant to inequity;
  • Pay secrecy negatively affects the perception of the link between performance and pay in individuals intolerant to equity, which in turn, decreases their performance;
  • In contrast, pay secrecy is associated with significantly better task performance than pay transparency for individuals who are more tolerant to inequity.


Recommended Citation
Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. (2013, June). When pay is kept secret, the implications on performance are revealing (CAHRS ResearchLink No. 3). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, ILR School.