The paper presented in this Mannheim Applied Seminar studies how the organizational structure of the firm affects its wage setting policy. In the first part of the paper, the authors use ten years of Norwegian Employer-Employee data that allows us to observe workers switching occupations within firms and to classify firms by their internal labor markets. They find that firms fill almost half of their jobs internally, and this rate is growing with the occupational wage. They further document that the typical firm consists of several unconnected components that differ along several observable worker-characteristics. They then ask whether firms share their rent equally across these distinct internal labor markets. To answer this question the authors estimate AKM-type wage decomposition models with firm-component and worker-fixed effects. The evidence shows that firms' wage policies do not differentiate between those components, which suggests that wages are negotiated at the firm level.


Andrea Weber

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


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04.12.2019 | 12:00 - 13:30 (CET)

Event Location

ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

L 7, 1 68161 Mannheim


Heinz König Hall



Head and Dean of Graduate Studies