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Market Power & Within-Firm Inequality

Kazakis, Pantelis (2022): Market Power & Within-Firm Inequality.

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Abstract

Income inequality in the United States is on the rise. At the same time, firm market power has also increased. In this paper, I attempt to shed light on the relation between these two variables. Using data for U.S. firms I find a positive relation between market power and top executive pay. I also find that market power is positively associated with executive wage-to-employee wage ratios, potentially indicating that market power is a force that increases within-firm inequality

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