Teamwork and Intra-Firm Wage Dispersion Among Blue-Collar Workers
39 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008
Using data on a sample of manufacturing establishments in Germany, we find that the use of self-managed teams is associated with increased intra-firm wage inequality between skilled and unskilled blue-collar workers. We also show that moderating factors play an important role. While teamwork interacts positively with employer-provided further training and a production technology of the most recent vintage, it interacts negatively with the age of the establishment and the coverage by a collective bargaining agreement.
Keywords: technology, training, skill-biased organizational change, wage inequality, establishment age, collective bargaining
JEL Classification: J30, J31, M52
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