Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg


Seminar: Firms, Workers, and Wages (22386)

It is a long established finding in the literature about wage differentials that not only worker but also employer characteristics, such as firm size or industry affiliation, play an important role for wage formation. In this seminar, we discuss both classical and recent empirical studies that shed light on the role of firm characteristics in the wage formation process.

  Prof. Dr. Steffen Müller
  Dr. Daniel Fackler

17 April, 2019, 1:15 pm - 2:00pm,  G22A-128

  22 (23) May, 2019

Seminar topics/ papers


  1. Abowd, J. A., and Lemieux, T. (1993): The effects of product market competition on collective bargaining agreements: The case of foreign competition in Canada, Quarterly Journal of Economics 108, 983–1014.

  2. Brown, C., and Medoff, J. (1989): The employer size-wage effect, Journal of Political Economy 97, 102-1059.

  3. Card, D., Cardoso, A. R., Heining, J., and Kline, P. (2018): Firms and labor market inequality: Evidence and some theory, Journal of Labor Economics 36, S13–S70.

  4. Card, D., Heining, J., and Kline, P. (2013): Workplace heterogeneity and the rise of West German wage inequality, Quarterly Journal of Economics 128, 967–1015.

  5. Green F., Machin, S., and Manning, A. (1996): The Employer Size-Wage Effect: Can Dynamic Monopsony Provide an Explanation? Oxford Economic Papers 48, 433-455.

  6. Gürtzgen, N. (2009): Rent‐sharing and collective bargaining coverage: Evidence from linked employer–employee data, Scandinavian Journal of Economics 111, 323–349.

  7. Hirsch, B., and Müller, S. (2018): Firm Wage Premia, Industrial Relations, and Rent Sharing in Germany, IZA Discussion Paper No. 11309, Bonn.

  8. Krueger, A. B., and Summers, L. H. 1988: Efficiency wages and the inter-industry wage structure, Econometrica 56, 259-293.

  9. Van Reenen, J. (1996): The creation and capture of rents: Wages and innovation in a panel of U.K. companies”, Quarterly Journal of Economics 111, 195–226.

  10. Song, J., Price, D. J., Guvenen, F., Bloom, N., and von Wachter, T. (2019): Firming up inequality, Quarterly Journal of Economics 134, 1-50.


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