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Wages, Profits and Capital Intensity: Evidence from Matched Worker-Firm Data

In this paper I use data on workers matched whit firms balance-sheet reports to examine the relation between wages and firms´ ability to pay. Results indicate that experienced and highly educated workers are sorted into profitable firms. Wages are significantly correlated to profits and capital-labor ratio, after controlling for workers quality (observed characteristics as well as time-invariant individual effects), job characteristics, local unemployment, firms´ employment history and employer size. These are mainly within industry effects attributed to wage determination at the firm-level. The conclusion is that previous studies based on industry data substantially underestimate the impacts of profits on wages.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 1999:3.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 30 Apr 1999
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:1999_0003
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