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TitleEntry deregulation, firm organization, and wage inequality
Author(s)Ferreira, Priscila
Fernandes, Ana Paula
Cooke, Dudley
Firm hierarchy
Wage inequality
Issue date2021
Abstract(s)This paper identifies a causal link between changes in product market competition, firm reorganization and within-firm wage inequality. We exploit a unique episode of comprehensive firm entry deregulation as a quasi-natural experiment and use exceptionally detailed linked employer-employee data for the universe of private sector firms and workers in Portugal. Following deregulation affected firms flatten their hierarchies: the number of layers is reduced and managers span of control increased. Dropping a hierarchy layer is accompanied by a significant reduction in wage inequality within the  rm, by 8% for the average pay ratio between the top and the bottom layer and 4.4% for the 90-50 percentile wage ratio, showing that there are real changes arising from firm reorganization. Overall wage dispersion, measured by the standard deviation of hourly pay, is also reduced. We discuss mechanisms and interpretations for these changes.
TypePanel presentation
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