Wage Changes, Establishment Growth, and the Effect of Composition Bias
This paper examines the relationship between wages and employment at the establishment level. It exploits a sample of Italian firms and workers. To correct for a potential labor composition effect, estimations use both the change in the firm's average wage and the mean of individual wage changes within the firm. Expanding firms are characterized by higher wage growth. The establishment's effect also prevails on the industry's effect, suggesting that wage changes result from the workers' accumulation of firm-specific skills, or from some rent-sharing mechanisms. The role of this "inside" factor seems also symmetric between expanding and declining firms.
Volume (Year): 31 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
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