Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2006:9: Wage dispersion between and within plants: Sweden 1985-2000

Oskar Nordström Skans (), Per-Anders Edin () and Bertil Holmlund ()
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Oskar Nordström Skans: IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Per-Anders Edin: IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation and Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Bertil Holmlund: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: The paper describes the Swedish wage distribution and how it correlates with worker mobility and plant-specific factors. It is well known that wage inequality has increased in Sweden since the mid-1980s. However, little evidence has so far been available as to whether this development reflects increased dispersion between plants, between individuals in the same plant, or both. We use a new linked employer-employee data set and discover that a trend rise in between-plant wage inequality account for the entire increase in wage dispersion. This pattern, which remains when we control for observable individual human capital characteristics, may reflect increased sorting of workers by skill levels and/or increased scope for rent sharing in local wage negotiations. Our discussion suggests that both factors may have become more important.

Keywords: Wage inequality; labour turnover

JEL-codes: J31; J63

58 pages, August 29, 2006

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