February 2018

IZA DP No. 11314: Value Added, Wages, and Labor Market Flows at the Establishment Level

published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2019, 26, 135-142

In this paper, we analyze the connection between value added, wages, and labor market flows at the establishment level. We develop a simple model to illustrate the expected comovement of these variables. For the empirical analysis, we link the new German Administrative Wage and Labor Market Flow Panel (AWFP) dataset to the IAB Establishment Panel. We show that establishments' hires rates have a positive and separations rates a negative comovement with establishment-specific value added, whereby hires react by more than separations. In addition, we provide evidence that establishments' partial equilibrium reaction is an important driver for aggregate labor market dynamics.