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Why do wages vary among employers?

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  • Erica L. Groshen

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A review of empirical evidence on intra- and interindustry wage differentials among industries and establishments, presenting five alternative explanations for large and persistent variance in wages across employers, as well as policy implications for the alternatives.

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  • Erica L. Groshen, 1988. "Why do wages vary among employers?," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, vol. 24(Q I), pages 19-38.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcer:y:1988:i:qi:p:19-38:n:v.24no.1
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