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Firm Size Wage Differentials in Switzerland: Evidence from Job Changers

  • Rudolf Winter-Ebmer
  • Josef Zweimueller

Using information on job changes and search behavior of workers and controlling for endogenous mobility we study firm-size wage differentials in Switzerland. We find that the observed cross-sectional firm size premium cannot be explained exclusively by worker heterogeneity. Almost 50 % of the cross-section differential is a firm-size effect.

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