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Dispersion in Wage Premiums and Firm Performance

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Using matched employer-employee panel data, we estimate measures of pay dispersion per firm-year that take into account both rm and worker unobserved heterogeneity. Unlike research that controls only for differences in observables, we nd that within-firm pay inequality is significantly associated to lower firm performance.

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  • Pedro S. Martins, 2008. "Dispersion in Wage Premiums and Firm Performance," Working Papers 8, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management, Centre for Globalisation Research.
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    Keywords

    Wage policies; Worker heterogeneity; Fairness;
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    JEL classification:

    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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