Fredrik Heyman (), Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall () and Fredrik Sjöholm ()
Fredrik Heyman: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Postal: P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall: Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Fredrik Sjöholm: Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
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.
28 pages, November 21, 2006
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