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Title:The Wage Policy of Firms: Comparative Evidence for the U.S. and Germany from Personnel Data PDF Logo
Authors:Grund, Christian
Issue Date:2002
Series/Report no.:Bonn econ discussion papers 2002,3
Abstract:The wage policy of a German and a U.S. firm is comparatively analysed with a focus on the relation between wages and hierarchies. While prior studies examine only one particular firm, in this paper two plants of the same owners with similar production processes in different institutional environments are inspected. Convex wage profiles over the hierarchy levels of both plants are found. The U.S. plant shows considerably higher intensity of intra-firm competition in terms of higher intra-level wage inequality and yearly promotion rate. In contrast, wages are more distinctly attached to hierarchy levels in the German firm, as wage regressions show. The results are discussed in comparison to prior studies.
Subjects:Hierarchies
Intra-firm wages
Personnel records
JEL:M52
M12
J31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Bonn Econ Discussion Papers, Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), Universität Bonn

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