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APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

The Skill Structure of Export Wage Premium: Evidence from Chinese Matched Employer-employee Data

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


December 15, 2015. (Tuesday) 16:00-17:30


The Skill Structure of Export Wage Premium: Evidence from Chinese Matched Employer-employee Data


Studies based on …firm-level data …find that exporters pay higher wages than non-exporters. How-ever, there is limited evidence on how this export wage premium is shared among different workers. Using an unique matched employer-employee data from China, this paper examines the structure of export wage premium across skill groups, defined by workers' detailed education attainment. We find higher export wage premium for workers with higher education, and an export wage discount for the least educated workers. Therefore, exporting enlarges wage inequality across skill groups.
The export wage premium heterogeneity across skill groups is larger in high productivity exporters and in R&D intensive industries, supporting the recent theoretical trade models that emphasize the complementarity between productivity, innovation and skills in determining wage inequality between exporting and non-exporting firms and across skill groups.


Mi Dai (School of Economics and Business Administration, Beijing Normal University)


Tadashi ITO



Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
KIM, Jiyoung E-mail:Jiyoung_KimE-mail
LEI, Lei E-mail:Lei_LeiE-mail
OSADA, Noriyuki E-mail:Noriyuki_OsadaE-mail