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L'influence de la dispersion salariale sur la performance des grandes entreprises belges

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  • Benoît Mahy
  • François Rycx
  • Mélanie Volral

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This paper examines the impact of wage dispersion on firm performance, measured by value-added per worker, in large Belgian firms. Using matched employer-employee data for 2003, we find the existence of a positive and hump-shaped relationship between (conditional) wage dispersion and firm performance, even when controlling for worker and firm characteristics and addressing potential simultaneity problems. The comparison between estimated turning points and descriptive statistics of our sample suggest that increasing wage dispersion might increase value-added per worker in Belgium, particularly among white-collar workers. This might be due to both greater monitoring costs and production-effort elasticity considerations.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series DULBEA Working Papers with number 08-13.RS.

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Keywords: Wage dispersion; Personnel economics; Matched employer-employee data; Belgium.;

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  1. Charles Plaigin, 2009. "Exploratory study on the presence of cultural and institutional growth spillovers," DULBEA Working Papers 09-03.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Pierre-Guillaume Méon & Ariane Szafarz, 2008. "Labour market discrimination as an agency cost," Working Papers CEB 08-019.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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  4. Ilan Tojerow, 2008. "Industry Wage Differentials Rent Sharing and Gender in Belgium," Reflets et perspectives de la vie économique, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(3), pages 55-65.

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