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Globalised Labour Markets? International Rent Sharing Across 47 Countries

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Executive Summary

The authors present evidence about the role of rent sharing in fostering the interdependence of labour markets around the world. Their results draw on a firm-level panel of more than 2,000 multinationals and more than 5,000 of their affiliates, covering 47 home and host countries. They find considerable evidence that multinationals share profits internationally, by paying higher wages to their workers in foreign affiliates in periods of higher profits. This occurs even across continents, and not only within Europe, as shown in earlier research.

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