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.
|Publisher||University of Aberdeen Business School|
|Number of pages||27|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2006|
|Name||University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper Series|
Barmby, T., & Dolton, P. (2006). The Riddle of the Sands? Incentives and Labour Contracts on Archaeological digs in Northern Syria in the 1930s. (University of Aberdeen Business School Working Paper Series; Vol. 2006 , No. 01). University of Aberdeen Business School. http://hdl.handle.net/2164/48