Don't Ask or Tell: Pay Secrecy Policies in U.S. Workplaces
How common is information sharing in modern workplaces? How might information sharing (or the lack thereof) influence inequality? In this talk, I will focus on two forms of information potentially relevant for inequality patterns: information about the wages/salaries of other people in your workplace, and information about workplace finances. I examine the prevalence of pay information among U.S. workers, and isolate key predictors of whether or not a worker is likely to know his/her co-workers’ pay. I then focus on the effects of workplace finance information on worker wages using a sample of British employees. The talk ends with a call for greater attention to information sharing in contemporary firms, especially in light of ongoing legislative efforts to increase transparency at work.