A Cross-Country Comparison of Dynamics in the Large Firm Wage Premium

Emanuele Colonnelli, Joacim Tåg, Michael Webb, Stefanie Wolter

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We provide stylized facts on the existence and dynamics over time of the large firm wage premium for four countries. We examine matched employer-employee micro-data from Brazil, Germany, Sweden, and the UK, and find that the large firm premium exists in all these countries. However, we uncover substantial differences among them in the evolution of the wage premium over the past several decades. Moreover, we find no clear evidence of common cross-country industry trends. We conclude by discussing potential explanations for this heterogeneity, and proposing some questions for future work in the area.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalAEA Papers and Proceedings
Pages (from-to)323-327
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 01.05.2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings


  • 511 Economics
  • dynamics
  • large firm wage premium


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