Michael Bognanno

Professor Michael BognannoProfessor

1301 Cecil B Moore Ave
813 Ritter Hall Annex
Temple Univ., Economics (004-00)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122


Labor economics, personnel economics, compensation, promotion, incentives


Mike Bognanno has held various posts since joining Temple University in 1990, most prominently Department Chair and Director of Economics and Business at Temple University Japan, where he initiated the Executive MBA Program in Tokyo and other successful new programs. Prior to joining Temple, he worked as a compensation consultant for DCA Stanton, Industrial Relations Specialist for the Department of Labor, and Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He received his Ph.D. with a primary field in labor economics from Cornell University. Dr. Bognanno was awarded a Marie Currie Grant for the Transfer of Knowledge by the European Union in 2005 and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) during this time. He has taught more than fifteen different courses at the graduate and undergraduate level over the past twenty years.

Dr. Bognanno’s research focuses on pay, promotion and incentives. He has published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Political Economy, Labor Law Journal, Korean Social Science Journal and Research in Labor Economics. Three of his articles were re-published in the International Library of Critical Writings in Economics.

Selected Publications

  • “Tournament Incentives in Professional Bowling,” chapter in Oxford Handbook of Sports Economics, (2011) Leo Kahane and Steve Shmanske editors, Oxford University Press.
  • “Executive Compensation,” essay for the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, (2010) Steven Durlauf and Lawrence Blume editors, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “The Promotion Dynamics of American Executives,” with Christian Belzil. Research in Labor Economics (2010).
  • “Promotions, Demotions, Halo Effects and Earnings Dynamics of American Executives,” with Christian Belzil. Journal of Labor Economics (2008).
  • “Corporate Tournaments,” Journal of Labor Economics (2001).
  • “International Differences in Executive and Managerial Compensation,” in Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, (1995) Richard Freeman and Lawrence Katz editors, National Bureau of Economics Research (NBER) volume, University of Chicago Press, coauthored with John Abowd.
  • “Do Tournaments Have Incentive Effects?,” Journal of Political Economy (1990), with Ronald Ehrenberg.
  • “The Incentive Effects of Tournaments Revisited: Evidence from the European PGA Tour,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review (1990), with Ronald Ehrenberg.