Globalisation and the decline of the labour share: a microeconomic perspective

Perugini, Cristiano, Vecchi, Michela ORCID logoORCID: and Venturini, Francesco (2017) Globalisation and the decline of the labour share: a microeconomic perspective. Economic Systems, 41 (4) . pp. 524-536. ISSN 0939-3625 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.ecosys.2017.08.002)

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This paper contributes to the infant literature on the determinants of the labour share at the level of individual firms and provides novel insights on the effect of firms’ patterns of internationalisation. The analysis is performed using a rich dataset, covering six EU countries (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain), and combining information from the EFIGE survey and Amadeus balance sheets. Our results show that the labour share is lower for exporting firms and for those engaged in foreign direct investments or offshoring activities. These findings are robust to an array of sensitivity tests. Our instrumental variable analysis indicates that causation goes from internationalization to changes in the labour share. Investigation into the channels of the negative impact of internationalisation shows that these effects are not related to the composition of the labour force, nor to technological factors or firm market power. The analysis for subsectors of different technological regimes is consistent with this interpretation.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 22395
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Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:24

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