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Does it matter where you work? : employer characteristics and the wage growth of low-wage workers and higher-wage workers

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"Using rich German linked employer-employee data and endogenous switching regression models, I show that large firms and firms with a high export share or a low proportion of fixed-term workers provide higher wage growth for low-wage workers. While having many low-paid co-workers dampens the wage growth of both low-wage workers and higher-wage workers, there are also employers who provide higher wage growth only for higher-wage workers. The results indicate a certain degree of labour market segmentation that is a) important for the wage mobility of individual workers and b) relevant in the context of polarisation and rising wage inequality." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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  • Stephani, Jens, 2013. "Does it matter where you work? : employer characteristics and the wage growth of low-wage workers and higher-wage workers," IAB-Discussion Paper 201304, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
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    Bundesrepublik Deutschland ; befristeter Arbeitsvertrag ; Beschäftigtenstruktur ; Betrieb ; Betriebsgröße ; Betriebsrat ; Determinanten ; Exportquote ; Hochqualifizierte ; IAB-Linked-Employer-Employee-Datensatz ; Tarifbindung ; Lohnentwicklung ; Lohnhöhe ; Lohnstruktur ; Lohnunterschied ; Niedrigqualifizierte ; Geringverdiener ; Qualifikationsstruktur ; Unternehmensalter ; Arbeitsmarktsegmentation ; 2002-2007;
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    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General

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