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Here is a book on the topic that has had much more thought put into it than a Sam's short blog post.
Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality
> If compensation could be a direct output of an algorithm ... people could agree that this person is being paid fairly
Nope. Then they would start accusing the algorithm of being racist, sexist, otherist. They would cite institutional bias - bias so pervasive everyone has it even while no individuals do - and demand the algorithm be tweaked for their favored lobbyists.
The problem with pay transparency is not that it doesn't work; the problem is that the entire concept is immoral and evil. How much money you make is, properly, strictly a conversation between the parties in the transaction. No one else should care about your income; they should focus on maximizing their own value and find those for whom their services are the most valuable. The kinds of benefits valuable to an individual are unique: everyone has a different in background, life choices, purpose, and capability. There is no way to account for the fact that person A values work that involves travel, while person B is interested in work with a predictable schedule; and it is improper for person B to look at person A's compensation and make judgements about their own compensation, not because it is impossible to analyze all of the factors, but because person B must decide their own purpose and work toward it.
This is simply another manifestation of the inequality debate. Equal is Unfair is a great book that unpacks the issues of inequality: https://www.amazon.com/Equal-Unfair-Americas-Misguided-Inequ...
Another person's gain is not my loss. We should not care about inequality. Steve Jobs was 1000s of times more "unequal" than me. Wonderful. I'm thankful that he existed. It didn't cost me anything. I'd like to recommend this book to this thread: "Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality" http://www.amazon.com/Equal-Is-Unfair-Misguided-Inequality-e...