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Firm-Specific Determinants of the Real Wage


  • Currie, Janet
  • McConnell, Sheena


Bargaining models suggest that firm-specific variables play an important role in wage determination. Yet previous empirical studies of wage determination have largely ignored these variables. The authors' analysis of a large panel data set of U.S. wage contracts suggests that firm-specific variables suggested by bargaining models, such as the value of sales, the capital-labor ratio, and the financial liquidity of the firm, are important determinants of negotiated real wages. Copyright 1992 by MIT Press.

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  • Currie, Janet & McConnell, Sheena, 1992. "Firm-Specific Determinants of the Real Wage," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 74(2), pages 297-304, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:74:y:1992:i:2:p:297-304

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