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Firm Size And Wages In China

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  • Wenshu Gao
  • Russell Smyth

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While most studies find evidence of a wage-firm size premium, we find that larger firms in China actually pay lower wages. We also find that the most plausible explanation for this result is that larger firms in China employ a higher ratio of blue-collar workers.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Development Research Unit Working Paper Series with number 05-09.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 03 Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mos:druwps:2009-05

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  1. Moulton, Brent R, 1990. "An Illustration of a Pitfall in Estimating the Effects of Aggregate Variables on Micro Unit," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 72(2), pages 334-38, May.
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Cited by:
  1. Vinod Mishra & Russell Smyth, 2011. "Firm-Size and Inter-hierarchy Wage Dispersion in Shanghai," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(3), pages 2159-2166.
  2. Vinod Mishra & Russell Smyth, 2012. "Technological Change and Wages in China: Evidence From Matched Employer-Employee Data," Monash Economics Working Papers 28-12, Monash University, Department of Economics.

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