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The Inter-Industry Wage Structure of U.S. Multinationals

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  • Pedro Martins

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Little is known about wage determination by multinationals, despite the much-discussed role of globalisation upon wage dispersion. Here we examine industry- and host-country-specific 1998 data on compensation of foreign affiliates of U.S. firms and compare that with U.S. labour-market data. We find substantial differences in employment distributions, that the inter-industry wage structure of US affiliates is less dispersed than the same structure in the U.S. and that the two industry wage premia are moderately correlated. We argue that these findings are consistent with the vertical model of FDI but less so with claims that multinationals increase wage inequality.

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  • Pedro Martins, 2005. "The Inter-Industry Wage Structure of U.S. Multinationals," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(1), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-04j30005
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    1. M. Ali Choudhary & Saima Mahmood & Sajawal Khan & Waqas Ahmed & Gylfi Zoega, 2013. "Sticky Wages in a Developing Country: Lessons from Structured Interviews in Pakistan," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0213, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
    2. Ahmed, Waqas & Choudhary, M. Ali & Khan, Sajawal & Naeem, Saima & Zoega, Gylfi, 2014. "Determinants of wage stickiness in a developing economy," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 296-304.
    3. Martins, Pedro S., 2004. "Do Foreign Firms Really Pay Higher Wages? Evidence from Different Estimators," IZA Discussion Papers 1388, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Employment;

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business

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