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Firm-Specific Determinants of the Real Wage

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  • Janet Currie
  • Sheena McConnell

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Bargaining models suggest that firm-specific variables play an important role in wage determination. Yet previous empirical studies of wage determination have largely ignored these variables. Our analysis of a large panel data set of U.S. wage contracts suggests that firm-specific variables suggested by bargaining models. such as the values of sales. the capital-labor ratio, and the financial liquidity of the firm. are important determinants of negotiated real wages.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4023.

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Date of creation: Mar 1992
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Publication status: published as Review of Economics and Statistics, May 1992
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4023

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  10. Jennifer C. Smith, 1996. "Effet du pouvoir de négociation et du marché local du travail sur la détermination des salaires," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 126(5), pages 1-17.
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  12. Coles, Melvyn & Smith, Eric, 1998. "Strategic bargaining with firm inventories," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 35-54, September.

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