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Persistence of Interindustry Wage Differentials: A Reexamination Using Matched Worker-Firm Panel Data

Dominique Goux and Eric Maurin ()

Journal of Labor Economics, 1999, vol. 17, issue 3, 492-533

Abstract: The authors estimate interindustry wage differentials using new French longitudinal data that allow a tracking of workers and their firms over time. They find that, when measured on a cross-sectional basis, they primarily reflect the interindustry variations in unmeasured labor quality. However, interindustry wage differentials are only a minor component of interfirm wage differentials. The average differential in wages paid to the same workers by different firms is about 20-30 percent. In a given industry, wage policies are more favorable to workers in large, capital-intensive firms. Copyright 1999 by University of Chicago Press.

Date: 1999
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