Earnings inequality within organizations

Taekjin Shin

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Although research has documented that earnings inequality within organizations affects many dimensions of organizational outcomes, we have little knowledge about what makes some organizations more unequal than others in terms of the earnings distribution. In order to study the relationship between organizational characteristics and within-organization earnings inequality, I analyze a nationally representative sample of manufacturing establishments in the National Employer Survey (NES). The analysis focuses on how organization-level characteristics such as workforce composition within the establishment and flexible workplace practices are associated with within-establishment earnings inequality. The results suggest that gender heterogeneity, percentage of newly hired workers within the organization, and flexible workplace practices such as job rotation and self-managed teams are significantly associated with earnings dispersion within manufacturing establishments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-238
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Science Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Earnings inequality
  • Flexible workplace practices
  • Workforce composition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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