Tag Archives: Wages

Human Capital Investment, Inequality and Economic Growth

From Murphy and Topel: We treat rising inequality is an equilibrium outcome in which human capital investment fails to keep pace with rising demand for skills. Investment affects skill supply and prices on three margins: the type of human capital … Continue reading

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Does Transparency Lead to Pay Compression?

From Alex Mas: This paper asks whether disclosing wages to the public changes wage setting at the top of the public sector income distribution. I evaluate a 2010 California mandate that required cities to submit municipal salaries to the State, … Continue reading

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It’s Where You Work: Increases in Earnings Dispersion across Establishments and Individuals in the U.S.

From Erling Barth, Alex Bryson, James C. Davis, Richard Freeman: This paper links data on establishments and individuals to analyze the role of establishments in the increase in inequality that has become a central topic in economic analysis and policy debate. … Continue reading

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Immigrants and Native Workers: New Analysis Using Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data

From Mette Foged and Giovanni Peri: This paper makes progress on a long standing issue: what is the effect of unskilled immigrants on the labor market outcomes of similarly educated natives? Using the universe of individuals and firms in Denmark for the … Continue reading

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Inequality and Technological Change: The Skill Complementarity of Broadband Internet

A very interesting paper from Anders Akerman, Ingvil Gaarder, Magne Mogstad: Does adoption of broadband internet in firms enhance labor productivity and increase wages? And is this technological change skill biased or factor neutral? We exploit rich Norwegian data with firm-level information on … Continue reading

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3 Links on Corporate Profits

1. Jim Tankersley writes on Boeing and state corporate tax breaks and profiles my job market paper with Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato on the welfare effects of cutting corporate taxes in an open economy 2. Enrico Moretti on the tech boom and … Continue reading

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The Impact of Immigration on Wages, Internal Migration and Welfare

From Suphanit Piyapromdee: Over the past few decades, the number of immigrants entering the U.S. has increased substantially. The local impacts of immigration may differ from national impacts since some cities attract more immigrants. Even within a city, workers may be … Continue reading

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