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The heterogeneous effects of workforce diversity on productivity, wages and profits

Andrea Garnero and Francois Rycx ()

No 13-015, Working Papers CEB from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: We estimate the impact of workforce diversity on productivity, wages and productivity-wage gaps (i.e. profits) using detailed Belgian linked employer-employee panel data. Findings, robust to a large set of covariates, specifications and econometric issues, show that educational (age) diversity is beneficial (harmful) for firm productivity and wages. The consequences of gender diversity are found to depend on the technological/knowledge environment of firms. While gender diversity generates significant gains in high-tech/knowledge intensive sectors, the opposite result is obtained in more traditional industries. Overall, findings do not point to sizeable productivity-wage gaps except for age diversity.

Keywords: Labour diversity; productivity; wages; linked panel data; GMM (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 J24 J31 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 p.
Date: 2013-04-16
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