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Is there Rent Sharing in Italy? Evidence from Employer-Employee data

  • Alessia Matano
  • Paolo Naticchioni


    (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.)

Using a unique employer-employee panel database, we investigate the extent of rent sharing in Italy from 1996 to 2003. We derive the following findings. First, after controlling for the national bargaining level, there is a robust evidence of rent sharing at firm level. Second, by means of fixed effects estimates we show that the sorting of high-ability workers into high-profit firms appears to play a substantial role, since it captures a significant amount of cross sectional estimates of rent sharing. Third, in accordance to the related literature the endogeneity of profits causes a severe underestimation of rent sharing. Our final IV estimate of the elasticity of wages with respect to profits per employee amounts to 6%, with a “Lester” range of 24%. Moreover, we point out that the impact of rent sharing is not homogeneous across several dimensions (gender, occupation, sector, macroarea).

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Economia, Sapienza University of Rome in its series Working Papers - Dipartimento di Economia with number 11-DEISFOL.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 2011
Date of revision: 2011
Handle: RePEc:des:wpaper:21
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