Many have noted the lack of human resource management research on employee benefits, which is surprising because employer-sponsored benefits are a primary concern of executives and employees alike. Moreover, of special interest to scholars, benefits provide a unique opportunity to examine fundamental theoretical and empirical questions about employee behavior and contemporary employment relationships. This paper provides a foundation for such research by providing an overview of the context from which U.S. employer-provided benefit programs evolved and the contemporary state of benefits research in human resource management. Propositions related to primary employee benefit research are provided.
Dulebohn, J. H., Molloy, J. C., Pichler, S. M., & Murray, B. (2009). Employee benefits: Literature review and emerging issues. Human Resource Management Review, 19(2), 86-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2008.10.001