Daniel Parent

Department of Applied Economics
HEC Montreal
3000 Chemin de la Cote-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, QC, Canada H3T 2A7
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2016Canada and High Skill Immigration in the U.S.: Way Station or Farm System?
with Ana Damas De Matos
in Public Policies in Canada and the United States, Philip Oreopoulos and David Card, organizers
May 2007Performance Pay and Wage Inequality
with Thomas Lemieux, W. Bentley MacLeod: w13128
We document that an increasing fraction of jobs in the U.S. labor market explicitly pay workers for their performance using bonuses, commissions, or piece-rates. We find that compensation in performance-pay jobs is more closely tied to both observed (by the econometrician) and unobserved productive characteristics of workers. Moreover, the growing incidence of performance-pay can explain 24 percent of the growth in the variance of male wages between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, and accounts for nearly all of the top-end growth in wage dispersion(above the 80th percentile).

Published: Thomas Lemieux & W. Bentley MacLeod & Daniel Parent, 2009. "Performance Pay and Wage Inequality-super-," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 124(1), pages 1-49, February. citation courtesy of

April 2002Comparative Advantage, Learning, and Sectoral Wage Determination
with Robert Gibbons, Lawrence F. Katz, Thomas Lemieux: w8889
We develop a model in which a worker's skills determine the worker's current wage and sector. Both the market and the worker are initially uncertain about some of the worker's skills. Endogenous wage changes and sector mobility occur as labor-market participants learn about these unobserved skills. We show how the model can be estimated using non-linear instrumental-variables techniques. We then apply our methodology to study the wages and allocation of workers across occupations and across industries. For both occupations and industries, we find that high-wage sectors employ high-skill workers and offer high returns to workers' skills. Estimates of these sectoral wage differences that do not account for sector-specific returns are therefore misleading. We also suggest further applic...

Published: Gibbons, Robert, Lawrence F. Katz, Thomas Lemieux and Daniel Parent. "Comparative Advantage, Learning, and Sectoral Wage Determination," Journal of Labor Economics, 2005, v23(4,Oct), 681-723. citation courtesy of

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