Heyman, Fredrik Gustavsson Tingvall, Patrik Sjöholm, Fredrik
Year of Publication:
IFN Working Paper No. 675
Multinational firms pay relatively high wages. Less is known about the wage structure within multinational and non-multinational firms. We examine the impact of acquisitions on wage dispersion in Sweden using a large matched employer-employee data set. Foreign acquisitions of Swedish firms increase wage dispersion by increasing wages for high-skilled workers. The positive impact is concentrated to CEOs and managers, whereas other groups are either negatively affected or not affected at all. The impact on high-skilled workers wages seems to be caused by the acquisition rather than the ownership itself, since ownership changes from foreign to Swedish result in similar increases.
FDI Multinational Companies Foreign Ownership Wage-Dispersion Skill Groups Matched Employer-Employee Data