International differences in wage inequality: a new glance with European matched employer-employee data

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Title: International differences in wage inequality: a new glance with European matched employer-employee data
Authors: Simón Pérez, Hipólito J.
Research Group/s: Territorio y Movilidad. Mercados de Trabajo y Vivienda
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Economía Internacional
Keywords: Wage inequality | Matched employer-employee data
Knowledge Area: Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: XVI Encuentro de Economía Pública
Citation: SIMÓN PÉREZ, Hipólito J. “International differences in wage inequality: a new glance with European matched employer-employee data”. En: XVI Encuentro de Economía Pública : 5 y 6 de febrero de 2009 : Palacio de Congresos de Granada. ISBN 978-84-691-8950-4
Abstract: Using unique international harmonized matched employer-employee microdata from the European Structure of Earnings Survey for nine representative European countries, this comparative study examines the origin of international differences in wage inequality. Our novel evidence uncovers that global wage inequality is highly correlated with the magnitude of inter-firm wage differentials and that workplace- and job-related factors generally have a more significant impact on within-country wage inequality than individual characteristics. On the whole, European countries exhibit considerably different wage structures: they differ significantly not only in the extent of wage inequality but also in the relative influence of factors shaping wage inequality. Comparative analyses reveal that although cross-country differences in labour force composition play a part in the explanation, differences in distribution and, very specially, in labour market prices of workplace and job characteristics are primary reasons contributing to international differences in wage inequality.
Sponsor: This work benefits from funding support of the project European Labour Market Analysis using Firm-level Panel Data and Linked Employer-Employee Data financed by the European Union under the VI Framework Programme.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/13013
ISBN: 978-84-691-8950-4
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart
Peer Review: si
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