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Using Twins to Resolve the Twin Problem of Having a Bad Job and a Low Wage

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  • Böckerman, Petri

    () (Labour Institute for Economic Research)

  • Ilmakunnas, Pekka

    () (Aalto University)

  • Vainiomäki, Jari

    () (University of Tampere)

Abstract

We use data on twins matched to register-based information on earnings to examine the long-standing puzzle of non-existent compensating wage differentials. The use of twin data allows us to remove otherwise unobserved productivity differences that were the prominent reason for estimation bias in the earlier studies. Using twin differences we find evidence for positive compensation of adverse working conditions in the labor market.

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  • Böckerman, Petri & Ilmakunnas, Pekka & Vainiomäki, Jari, 2014. "Using Twins to Resolve the Twin Problem of Having a Bad Job and a Low Wage," IZA Discussion Papers 8557, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    compensating differentials; earnings; unobserved ability; productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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