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Dynamic Monopsony: Evidence from a French Establishment Panel

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  • Fakhfakh, Fathi

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    (University of Paris 2 - ERMES)

  • FitzRoy, Felix

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    (University of St. Andrews)

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This paper uses a panel of about 6000 French establishments to test some implications of the modern theory of dynamic monopsony or upward sloping labour supply curves for average firm wages. Panel estimates provide strong evidence of a much larger long run employer size - wage effect (ESWE) than found previously, while controlling for worker quality and compensating differentials with lagged wages, and for profitability (rent sharing). Employment expansion also has a positive effect on wages, providing further evidence for upward sloping labour supply (as distinct from the effect of shocks in a perfectly competitive labour market).

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1622.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Publication status: published in: Economica, 2006, 73 (291), 533-545
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1622

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Keywords: dynamic monopsony; firm-size wage effect; labour supply;

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  1. Thierry Lallemand & Robert Plasman & François Rycx, 2007. "The establishment-size wage premium: evidence from European countries," Empirica, Springer, vol. 34(5), pages 427-451, December.
  2. G. Sulis, 2007. "What Can Monopsony Explain of the Gender Wage Differential in Italy?," Working Paper CRENoS 200713, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
  3. Maritza López Novella & Salimata Sissoko, 2013. "Understanding wage determination in a multi-level bargaining system: a panel data analysis," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(2), pages 879-897, April.

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