Ranking hierarchy and rank order tournament

Katsuyuki Kubo*

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This paper examines the relationship between pay structure and the pattern of promotion within Japanese companies, with particular emphasis on the pay gap between employees in adjacent ranks in the hierarchy; i.e., between Bucho (division manager) and Kacho (subdivision manager). One of the most important contributions of this paper, which examined data from a national survey, is that we use tournament theory to analyse pay gaps between employees in Japan, showing that there is a negative relationship between the pay gap and the possibility for promotion. In addition, the pay gap becomes larger as an employee goes up the hierarchy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-63
Number of pages13
JournalHitotsubashi Journal of Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Japan
  • Tournament
  • Wage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics


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