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Establishment Wage Differentials

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  • Lane, Julia I.

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    (The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and IZA)

  • Salmon, Laurie A.

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Spletzer, James R.

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Abstract

Economists have long known that individual wages depend on a combination of employee and employer characteristics, as well as the interaction of the two. Although it is important to understand how employee and employer characteristics are related to wages, little is known about the magnitude and relation of these wage effects. This is primarily due to the lack of microdata which links individuals to the establishments where they work, but also due to technical difficulties associated with separating out employee and employer effects. This paper uses data from the Occupational Employment Statistics program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics that permit both of these issues to be addressed. Our results show that employer effects contribute substantially to earnings differences across individuals. We also find that establishments that pay well for one occupation also pay well for others. This paper contributes to the growing literature that analyzes firms’ compensation policies, and specifically the topic of employer effects on wages.

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Paper provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its series Working Papers with number 403.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:bls:wpaper:ec070020

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Keywords: Establishment Wage Differentials; Occupational Employment Statistics;

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Cited by:
  1. John M. Abowd & John Haltiwanger & Julia I. Lane & Kristin Sandusky, 2001. "Within and Between Firm Changes in Human Capital, Technology, and Productivity Preliminary and incomplete," Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Technical Papers 2001-03, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Haltiwanger, John C. & Lane, Julia I. & Spletzer, James R., 2007. "Wages, productivity, and the dynamic interaction of businesses and workers," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 14(3), pages 575-602, June.
  3. Gabriela López Noria, 2011. "The Effect of Trade and FDI on Inter-industry Wage Differentials: The Case of Mexico," Working Papers 2011-10, Banco de México.

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