Wage-size relation and the structure of work-force composition in Italian manufacturing firms

Marco Grazzi, Giulio Bottazzi

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Abstract

In this paper we study the impact of firms’ productivity and scale of activity on the cost of labour for Italian manufacturing firms, investigating how the work-force composition affects the total expenditures for wages. Our analysis reveals that once productivity differences among firms are accounted for, size still retains a positive effect on cost of labour. We show that the source of this phenomenon is the relatively higher proportion of non-production workers in bigger firms, which results in a cost of labour for white collar workers that increases with increasing firm size.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-669
Number of pages21
JournalCambridge Journal of Economics
Volume34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • HIERARCHICAL ORGANIZATION
  • LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY
  • cost of labor
  • size-wage relation

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