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No 222:
Acquisitions, Multinationals, and Wage Dispersion

Fredrik Heyman, Fredrik Sjöholm () and Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall ()

Abstract: Multinational firms pay relatively high wages. Less is known about the wage structure within multinational and non-multinational firms. We examine the impact of acquisitions on wage dispersion in Sweden using a large matched employer-employee data set. Foreign acquisitions of Swedish firms increase wage dispersion by increasing wages for high-skilled workers. The positive impact is concentrated to CEOs and managers, whereas other groups are either negatively affected or not affected at all. The impact on high-skilled workers’ wages seems to be caused by the acquisition rather than the ownership itself, since ownership changes from foreign to Swedish result in similar increases.

Keywords: FDI; Multinational Companies; Foreign ownership; Wage-Dispersion; Skill groups; Matched Employer-Employee data; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C23; F23; J31; (follow links to similar papers)

28 pages, January 10, 2006

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