Comparing micro-evidence on rent sharing from two different econometric models

S. Dobbelaere, J. Mairesse

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Abstract

The extent to which employers share rents with their employees is typically assessed by estimating the responsiveness of workers’ wages on firms’ ability to pay. This paper compares rent-sharing estimates using such a wage determination regression with estimates based on a productivity regression that relies on standard firm-level input and output data. Using a large matched firm-worker panel data sample for French manufacturing, we find that the respective industry distributions of the rent-sharing estimates are correlated and slightly overlap, but are significantly different on average. Precisely, if we only rely on the firm-level information, we obtain an average rent-sharing estimate of roughly 0.30 for the productivity regression and 0.17 for the wage determination regression. When we also take advantage of the worker-level information to control for unobserved worker ability in the model of wage determination, we find as expected a lower average value of 0.10.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalLabour Economics
Volume52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

JEL classifications

  • c23 - "Single Equation Models; Single Variables: Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series"
  • d21 - Firm Behavior: Theory
  • j31 - "Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials"
  • j51 - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
  • o40 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity: General

Keywords

  • Matched employer-employee data
  • Production function
  • Rent sharing
  • Wage equation
  • UNITED-STATES
  • LIMITED MOBILITY BIAS
  • PRICE-COST MARGINS
  • FIRMS
  • TRADE-UNIONS
  • LABOR-MARKET
  • CAPITAL-SKILL COMPLEMENTARITY
  • BARGAINING POWER
  • PANEL-DATA
  • INTERINDUSTRY WAGE DIFFERENTIALS

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