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Wage Sorting Trends

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  • Jesper Bagger

    (Royal Holloway College, UK)

  • Rune Vejlin

    () (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Kenneth L. Sørensen

    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Abstract

Using a population-wide Danish Matched Employer-Employee panel from 1980-2006, we document a strong trend towards more positive assortative wage sorting. The correlation between worker and firm fixed effects estimated from a log wage regression increases from -0.07 in 1981 to .14 in 2001. The nonstationary wage sorting pattern is not due to compositional changes in the labor market, primarily occurs among high wage workers, and comprises 41 percent of the increase in the standard deviation of log real wages between 1980 and 2006. We show that the wage sorting trend is associated with worker reallocation via voluntary quits.

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  • Jesper Bagger & Rune Vejlin & Kenneth L. Sørensen, 2012. "Wage Sorting Trends," Economics Working Papers 2012-17, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
  • Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2012-17
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    1. Marino, Marianna & Parrotta, Pierpaolo & Pozzoli, Dario, 2016. "Educational diversity and knowledge transfers via inter-firm labor mobility," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 123(C), pages 168-183.
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    4. Merlino, Luca Paolo & Parrotta, Pierpaolo & Pozzoli, Dario, 2014. "Gender Differences in Sorting," Working Papers 01-2014, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics.
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    6. Gallen, Yana & Lesner, Rune V. & Vejlin, Rune Majlund, 2017. "The Labor Market Gender Gap in Denmark: Sorting Out the Past 30 Years," IZA Discussion Papers 10789, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    7. Luca Paolo Merlino & Pierpaolo Parrotta & Dario Pozzoli, 2012. "Assortative Matching Gender," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2012-040, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    8. Battisti, Michele, 2017. "High wage workers and high wage peers," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 47-63.

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    Keywords

    Matched Employer-Employee Data; Firmfixed effects; Worker fixed effects; Wage sorting; Wage inequality; Voluntary quits.;

    JEL classification:

    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion

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