The 1990s witnessed an emerging interest on the part of labor economists in employer-employee matched data. This volume collects three studies, which represent some of the first analyses to test the usefulness of these types of observations (the INPS data) for the study of the Italian labor market during the early 1980s. They exploit a measure of relative wages (the average wage paid to similar workers in the firm) to provide insights in three areas: wage determination within the firm, turnover, and sex discrimination.The emerging picture shows an environment where workers' mobility decisions are deeply affected by their career perspectives within their present firm; where women are more attached employees than men; and where workers' forward-looking behavior is potentially reinforced by their abilities to share in the economic gains and losses of their employer. A postscript by Kevin Lang (Boston University) discusses the generalizability of the findings and raises questions for future research.
The Italian Labor Market during the 1970s and the Early 1980s
Relative Wages, Wage Growth, and Quit Behavior
Gender and Labor Attachment: Do Within Farms' Relative Wages Matter?
Wage Changes, Estabilishment Growth, and the Effect of the Composition Bias
Kevin Lang, Postscript. Implications for Theories of Wage Determination and Turnover.