UCL Department of Economics


CReAM Brown Bag seminar presented by Pawel Bukowski

09 June 2020, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

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Rent Sharing in Europe (joint with David Soskice and Stephen Machin).

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Tuan Nguyen


Room 321
Drayton House
30 Gordon Street

Abstract: This paper studies the nature of rent sharing. The historical files of Bureau van Dijk’s Orbis are used to construct a comprehensive panel of manufacturing companies since 2000 for nine European countries. The first set of results provide robust evidence for a positive relationship between firm-level profits and wages, but the relationship is much weaker today than it was before 2008. It is theoretically unclear whether rent sharing reflects the labour market power of employers or employees. The second set of results show that around one third of the level of rent sharing elasticity can be linked with the labour market power of companies (i.e., monopsonistic competition), and two third with the bargaining power of workers. Finally, suggestive evidence shows that cross-country and cross-firm variation in rent sharing, as well as its secular decline, are mostly driven by the differences and changes in the bargaining power of workers.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91720554044
Meeting ID: 917 2055 4044
Password: BB090620

About the Speaker

Pawel Bukowski

at LSE and CEP

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