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Beoordeling Van Inkomensverdeling


Leo Lagrou ,

Psychologisch Instituut Tiensestraat 102 3000 Leuven, BE
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Bert Overlaet,

Psychologisch Instituut Tiensestraat 102 3000 Leuven, BE
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Erik Schokkaert

Psychologisch Instituut Tiensestraat 102 3000 Leuven, BE
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[Perception and Evaluation of the Distribution of Incomes]


This article presents an analysis and interpretation of questionnaire data of 180 professionally active male adults. The analysis focuses on estimations by the subjects of monthly incomes of I2 occupations, ranging from unqualified jobs to high level professions. The subjects also indicate the income level they consider equitable for every occupation. The I2 occupations are then rated according to five criteria: required competence, responsibility and effort, degree of challenge and healthiness. The criteria are related to rewards by answers to a list of 15 items. The results are analysed and interpreted by comparing the answers of 60 subjects with the highest incomes of our sample (H.I.) with those of 60 subjects with the lowest incomes (L.I.). Both groups redistribute incomes by significantly reducing the incomes of high level occupations. This redistribution is more drastic for the L.I. group. Nevertheless both groups maintain an identical rankordering of occupations according to estimated and equitable incomes. Data on the evaluation of criteria indicate for both groups the prevalene of achievement criteria over compensation for unfavorable work conditions, but L.I. subjects give lower rates to achievement criteria than H.I. subjects.

How to Cite: Lagrou, L., Overlaet, B. and Schokkaert, E., 1981. Beoordeling Van Inkomensverdeling. Psychologica Belgica, 21(2), pp.123–147. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1981.
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