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Wages, Profits and Individual Unemployment Risk : Evidence from Matched Worker-Firm Data

  • Arai, Mahmood

    (FIEF and Department of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Heyman, Fredrik

    (Trade Union Institute for Economic Research)

We present new evidence on the extent of rent sharing based on a large panel of matched worker-firm data for Sweden. Controlling for worker and firm heterogeneity, as well as examining the problem of endogeneity of profits, we report evidence implying the existence of rent sharing. Another result is that unemployment risk, aggregated at the firm and various industry levels, has a negative effect on individual workers' wages after controlling for individual differences in unemployment risk.

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Paper provided by Trade Union Institute for Economic Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 172.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 13 Dec 2001
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:fiefwp:0172
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