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Title:Exporting Firms Do Not Pay Higher Wages, Ceteris Paribus : First Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data PDF Logo
Authors:Wagner, Joachim
Schnabel, Claus
Schank, Thorsten
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1185
Abstract: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.
Subjects:exports
wages
exporter wage premia
linked employer-employee data
Germany
JEL:F10
D21
L60
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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