2013/02 LEM Working Paper Series

Dynamics of productivity and cost of labor in Italian Manufacturing firms

Giulio Bottazzi, Marco Grazzi
Size-wage effect; Labor productivity

  JEL Classifications
D21, J31, L11, L60

This paper studies the impact of size on labor cost and productivity for Italian man- ufacturing firms. The distributions of both labor cost and productivity display a wide support, even when disaggregated by sector of industrial activity. Further, both labor cost and productivity, when considered alone, are growing with the size of the firm. We investigate this relationship on a new set of data and we are able to show that once ac- counted for productivity differences among firms, size still retains a positive effect on cost of labor in most of the sectors considered.
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