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Compensation in nonprofit organizations

Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-0-76230-751-7, eISBN: 978-1-84950-089-0

Publication date: 1 January 2000


Although the nonprofit sector is enormous, we know little about how workers there are compensated. This may be due, in part, to the fact that the literature is scattered across many fields including Human Resources Management, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Organizational Behavior, Political Science, and Sociology. This chapter aims to synthesize the research on nonprofits from an economics point of view, while carefully considering the work in the many other areas. In addition to using data from the U.S. census to provide a description of employment and wages in the nonprofit sector as well as a comparison with the for-profit sector, this study describes institutional details in nonprofits, considers why organizations form as nonprofits, reviews possible theories for a for-profit/nonprofit wage gap, performance pay in nonprofits, management compensation in nonprofits, gender issues, and international research.


Hallock, K.F. (2000), "Compensation in nonprofit organizations", Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 243-294.



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