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Why Do Foreign-Owned Firms Pay More? The Role of On-the-Job Training

28 Pages Posted: 20 May 2008  

Holger Görg

University of Kiel; Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Frank Walsh

National University of Ireland - University College Dublin

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Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

While foreign-owned firms have consistently been found to pay higher wages than domestic firms to what appear to be equally productive workers, the causes of this remain unresolved. In a two-period bargaining framework we show that if training is more productive and specific in foreign firms, foreign firm workers will have a steeper wage profile and thus acquire a premium over time. Using a rich employer-employee matched data set we verify that the foreign wage premium is only acquired by workers over time spent in the firm and only by those that receive on the job training, thus providing empirical support for a firm specific human capital acquisition explanation.

Keywords: Foreign firms, on-the-job training, wages

JEL Classification: F23, J24

Suggested Citation

Görg, Holger and Strobl, Eric and Walsh, Frank, Why Do Foreign-Owned Firms Pay More? The Role of On-the-Job Training (March 2007). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6171. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1133815

Holger Gorg (Contact Author)

University of Kiel ( email )

Olshausenstr. 40
D-24118 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein 24118
Germany

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

P.O. Box 4309
Kiel, D-24100
Germany

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences ( email )

Ecole Polytechnique
Department of Economics
Paris, 75005
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Frank Walsh

National University of Ireland - University College Dublin ( email )

Department of Economics
Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland
353-1-7068697 (Phone)
353-1-2830068 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ucd.ie/~economic/staff/fwalsh/

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