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Firm Size, Technical Change, and Wages in the Pork Sector, 1990-2005

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  • Yu, Li
  • Hurley, Terrance M.
  • Kliebenstein, James B.
  • Orazem, Peter F.

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This study investigates worker shares of the returns to scale and returns to technology adoption on U.S. hog farms. The wage analysis controls for a matching process by which workers are linked to farms of different sizes and technology uses. Using four surveys of employees on hog farms collected in 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005, we find persistent large wage premiums are paid to workers on larger farms and on technologically advanced farms that remain large and statistically significant even after controlling for differences in observable worker attributes and in the observed sorting process of workers across farms.

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  • Yu, Li & Hurley, Terrance M. & Kliebenstein, James B. & Orazem, Peter F., 2012. "Firm Size, Technical Change, and Wages in the Pork Sector, 1990-2005," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 2), pages 1-17, August.
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    1. William E. Even & David A. Macpherson, 2012. "Is Bigger Still Better? The Decline of the Wage Premium at Large Firms," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 78(4), pages 1181-1201, April.
    2. McBride, William D. & Key, Nigel, 2013. "U.S. Hog Production From 1992 to 2009: Technology, Restructuring, and Productivity Growth," Economic Research Report 262217, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Carrillo, Mario Renato, 2016. "Characteristics of hog producers and how those characteristics affect the rate of adoption of technologies used in the hog industry: Evidence from hog producers in the United States," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, Boston, Massachusetts 236196, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    Keywords

    Labor and Human Capital; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;

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    • J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General

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