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The Wage Incentive to Management: A Comparison across European Economies


  • Marco Biagetti

    (Ministry of Economic Development, Rome)

  • Leone Leonida

    (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Sergio Scicchitano

    (Ministry of Economic Development, Rome)


We define the wage incentive to management as the wage premium the manager earns because of his/her supervising role. We adopt an approach based on what if questions and estimate the premium at different quantiles of the distribution of wages for 26 European economies. To ease comparisons we make use of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions inquiry released in 2009. The premium is found to be higher at the right tail of the distribution of wages, suggesting that the incentive to management differs across individuals at different quantiles of the distribution within each economy. Results also suggest that the premium differs across individuals located at the same quantiles of the distribution of different economies.

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  • Marco Biagetti & Leone Leonida & Sergio Scicchitano, 2012. "The Wage Incentive to Management: A Comparison across European Economies," Working Papers 687, Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:qmw:qmwecw:wp687

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    Distribution of wages; Incentives to management; Semiparametric methods;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts

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