Exporting Firms Do Not Pay Higher Wages, Ceteris Paribus. First Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data
Thorsten Schank (),
Claus Schnabel () and
Joachim Wagner ()
No 1185, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
18 studies using data from 20 highly developed, developing, and less developed countries document that average wages in exporting firms are higher than in non-exporting firms from the same industry and region. The existence of these so-called exporter wage premia is one of the stylized facts found in the emerging literature on the microeconometrics of international trade. This paper uses a large and rich set of linked employer-employee data from Germany to demonstrate that these premia vanish when individual characteristics of the employees and of the work place are controlled for.
Keywords: exports; linked employer-employee data; wages; exporter wage premia; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 D21 L60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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