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Perceived Equity, Motivation And Final Offer Arbitration In Major League Baseball, Robert D. Bretz Jr., Steven L. Thomas Feb 1991

Perceived Equity, Motivation And Final Offer Arbitration In Major League Baseball, Robert D. Bretz Jr., Steven L. Thomas

CAHRS Working Paper Series

Final offer salary arbitration in major league baseball offers a unique institutional arrangement that creates a naturally occurring non-equivalent groups repeated measure research design. The structural arrangements allow for examination of anticipatory expectancy effects and for assessment of behavioral responses consistent with equity theory predictions. Additionally, equity theory can be tested without the methodological problems inherent in defining the referent other. Performance and mobility were examined for major league baseball position players who won and lost their arbitration hearings. Pre-arbitration performance was found to significantly predict arbitration outcome. Despite similar patterns of post-arbitration performance between winners and losers, a significant ...