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Relationship Between Firm Size, Wage Dispersion and Firm Performance


  • Homero Zambrano

    () (Tecnológico de Monterrey)


A simple theoretical model explains the divergent empirical results concerning the effect of wage dispersion on firm performance. First, causality in the relationship is clarified. Then, through the model, it is shown that firm performance is non-monotonic with respect to wage dispersion. Likewise, it is shown that large firms are more likely to benefit from a dispersed wage structure than small firms.

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  • Homero Zambrano, 2010. "Relationship Between Firm Size, Wage Dispersion and Firm Performance," Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of Income Distribution, vol. 19(2), pages 33-50, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jid:journl:y:2010:v:19:i:2:p:33-50

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    wage inequality; firm performance;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement


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