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Human Capital and Wages in Exporting Firms

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  • Jakob Roland Munch

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Jan Rose Skaksen

    (Copenhagen Business School)

This paper studies the link between a firms 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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Paper provided by Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series EPRU Working Paper Series with number 06-10.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2006
Handle: RePEc:kud:epruwp:06-10
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