Department of Applied Economics
3000 Chemin de la Cote-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, QC, Canada H3T 2A7
Institutional Affiliation: HEC Montreal
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|May 2020||Employer Policies and the Immigrant-Native Earnings Gap|
with Benoit Dostie, Jiang Li, David Card: w27096
We use longitudinal data from the income tax system to study the impacts of firms’ employment and wage-setting policies on the level and change in immigrant-native wage differences in Canada. We focus on immigrants who arrived in the early 2000s, distinguishing between those with and without a college degree from two broad groups of countries – the U.S., the U.K. and Northern Europe, and the rest of the world. Consistent with a growing literature based on the two-way fixed effects model of Abowd, Kramarz, and Margolis (1999), we find that firm-specific wage premiums explain a significant share of earnings inequality in Canada and contribute to the average earnings gap between immigrants and natives. In the decade after receiving permanent status, earnings of immigrants rise relative to tho...
|October 2016||Canada and High-Skill Emigration to the United States: Way Station or Farm System?|
with Ana Damas De Matos
in Small Differences II: Public Policies in Canada and the United States, Philip Oreopoulos and David Card, organizers
|May 2007||Performance 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 2002||Comparative 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