Establishment Age and Wages: Evidence from German Linked Employer-Employee Data

28 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2003

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Arnd Kölling

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Claus Schnabel

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Joachim Wagner

University of Lueneburg - Institute of Economics; Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: December 2002

Abstract

Research in wage differentials has a long tradition. Prominent reasons why people make more or less money in the labor market include personal characteristics of the employee (e.g., human capital or gender), job characteristics (working conditions demanding compensating wage differentials), and characteristics of the employer (e.g., industry or firm size). An emerging empirical literature suggests that one hitherto overlooked firm characteristic matters, too: Employers which are in business for a longer period of time tend to pay higher wages. Using a unique rich set of linked employer-employee data we present first empirical evidence on this firm age - wage nexus for Germany. We find that older firms pay on average higher wages for workers with the same broadly defined degree of formal qualification. This firm age differential vanishes after controlling for further worker characteristics and other firm characteristics besides age; if anything, younger firms pay more ceteris paribus. These results are in line with findings from a recent study by Brown and Medoff using U.S. data.

Keywords: Establishment Age, Wage, Linked Employer-employee Data, Germany

JEL Classification: J3

Suggested Citation

Kölling, Arnd and Schnabel, Claus and Wagner, Joachim, Establishment Age and Wages: Evidence from German Linked Employer-Employee Data (December 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=372501

Arnd Kölling

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