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Wage Structure and Firm Productivity in Belgium

Thierry Lallemand, Robert Plasman, Francois Rycx

NBER Working Paper No. 12978
Issued in March 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

This paper is produced as part of a TSER programme on Pay Inequalities and Economic Performance (PIEP) financed by the European Commission (Contract nr. HPSE-CT-1999-00040). It has evolved from earlier versions presented at the PIEP Meetings (July 2003, London School of Economics and January 2004, Universite Libre de Bruxelles), the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society of Labor Economists (April 2004, San Antonio -- Texas), the NBER "Empirical Personnel Economics" Workshop (August 2004, Cambridge -- Mass.), and the European Commission "Employment, Productivity and Wage Structures in Europe: New Evidence from Linked Employer-employee Data" Workshop (April 2005, Brussels). We are most grateful to D. Cecchi, C. Dell'Aringa, C. Lucifora and D. Marsden for helpful suggestions. We also thank Statistics Belgium for giving access to the 'Structure of Earnings Survey' and the 'Structure of Business Survey'. The analysis in the second section of this paper is an extension of Lallemand et al. (2004). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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