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Human Capital and Wages in Exporting Firms

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  • Munch, Jakob R.

    (University of Copenhagen)

  • Skaksen, Jan Rose

    (Rockwool Foundation Research Unit)

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This paper studies the link between a firm’s education level, export performance and wages of its workers. We argue that firms may escape intense competition in international markets by using high skilled workers to differentiate their products. This story is consistent with our empirical results. Using a very rich matched worker-firm longitudinal dataset we find that firms with high export intensities pay higher wages. However, an interaction term between export intensity and skill intensity has a positive impact on wages and it absorbs the direct effect of the export intensity. That is, we find an export wage premium, but it accrues to workers in firms with high skill intensities.

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  • Munch, Jakob R. & Skaksen, Jan Rose, 2006. "Human Capital and Wages in Exporting Firms," IZA Discussion Papers 2409, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    matched worker-firm data; exports; wages; human capital; rent sharing;
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    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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