HHH Assaad & alum Krafft: Do More Productive Firms Pay Workers More? Evidence from Egypt

crossposted from http://erf.org.eg/publications/do-more-productive-firms-pay-workers-more-evidence-from-egypt/
Do More Productive Firms Pay Workers More? Evidence from Egypt
Caroline Krafft and Ragui Assaad
ERF Working Paper No. 1222


Theoretically, in perfectly competitive markets with full information, marginal productivity of labor and workers’ wages should be equalized across firms and wages should not be linked to the productivity of a firm. Empirically examining the relationship between wages and productivity across various types of firms can reveal important deviations from perfect competition and full information. This paper investigates the wage-productivity relationship in the case of Egypt. We find that wages are related to firm productivity, even after accounting for worker quality. The relationship between wages, productivity, and firm characteristics suggests that the association is due in part to imperfect competition and in part to the use of efficiency wages by employers.


نظريا ، في الأسواق التنافسية التي تتوفر بها معلومات كاملة ، ينبغي أن تكون الإنتاجية الحدية للعمالة وأجور العمال متكافئة بين الشركات كافة ولا ينبغي ربط الأجور بإنتاجية شركة ما. يمكن أن يكشف الفحص التجريبي للعلاقة بين الأجور والإنتاجية عبر أنواع مختلفة من الشركات عن انحرافات مهمة عن المنافسة الكاملة والمعلومات الكاملة. تبحث هذه الورقة في العلاقة بين الأجور والإنتاجية في حالة مصر. ونجد أن الأجور مرتبطة بإنتاجية شركة ، حتى بعد احتساب جودة العامل. تشير العلاقة بين الأجور والإنتاجية وخصائص الشركة إلى أن الارتباط يرجع جزئياً إلى المنافسة غير الكاملة وإلى حد ما إلى استخدام أجور الكفاءة من جانب أصحاب العمل

Visiting Scholar from Norway Juhász-Nagy researching engagement & participation in smart energy communities

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to host visiting international scholar Ms. Juhász-Nagy.

Eszter is a PhD candidate in architecture at the Department of Architecture and Planning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. She holds a master degree in Urban Planning and Management from Aalborg University and one in Architectural Engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

She is visiting the Humphrey School between September-October 2018, hosted by Associate Dean Carissa Slotterback.

Her research concerns stakeholder engagement and participation in the planning of smart energy communities, primarily in Norway. She focuses on games and participatory modeling as tools for stakeholder engagement and communication. At the moment she is working on the theoretical framework of her dissertation, as well as investigating potential tools, methods and approaches to game creation and participatory modeling to be used in an ongoing neighborhood planning process in Norway.

Eszter Juhász-Nagy
PhD candidate - visiting scholar at UMN
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Department of Architecture and Planning


Sept 25 America vs. the World: Senate's Role in Trade Policy & Nat Security

A Freeman Seminar: America vs. the World: The Senate's Role in Trade Policy and National Security
Ira Shapiro                       

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.
The Stassen Room, 170 Humphrey School

Ira Shapiro is a former trade negotiator for the Clinton administration. He will examine headline-making political battles on trade and national security policy dating back to the 1970s and trace what he sees as the Senate’s decline into hyperpartisanship.

Mr. Shapiro is the author of the recent book: Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Humphrey Fellow shortlisted finalist for 2018 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

The Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota is proud to share that current Humphrey International Fellow, Mubanga Kalimamukwento, has been announced as a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

Article taken from The Reading List:

"For the past 14 years, first as the European Union Literary Award and now as the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, the prize has unearthed great new South African literary talent.

Dinaane aims to promote new southern African fiction that speaks to both a local and international audience. It encourages new writers and new readers by publishing material which would likely otherwise not have been selected – for purely commercial reasons – by local publishers of literature.

The winner is awarded R 35,000 and publication by Jacana Media, and the winning title is supported by Exclusive Books.

Entries were judged blind by a panel comprising David Medalie (chair), Rehana Rossouw and Songeziwe Mahlangu.

In alphabetical order, the following manuscripts have been shortlisted:
  • Legacy of a Rain Queen: The Eagle’s Martial by Sophia Tao
  • Not to Mention by Vivian de Klerk
  • The Mourning Bird by Mubanga Kalimamukwento
The overall winner will be announced at an award ceremony next month in partnership with the University of Johannesburg Library.

The JLF will also present the Kraak Writing Award, with the winning writer selected from the runners-up. The grant is valued at R25,000 and dedicated to the memory of Gerald Kraak. It will offer the recipient mentoring and intensive coaching from an editor/publishing expert, enabling the author to refine and develop their work further."

HHH Kudrle on trade, tariffs, & MN economy

 Crossposted from Humphrey Herald:  

 Talkin’ Trade War at the Minnesota State Fair
Marketplace interviewed Professor Robert Kudrle regarding the impact of trade tariffs on Minnesota’s economy. He was also quoted in stories by the Star Tribune and KARE TV.

Crossposted from The StarTribune

Economists say the number of businesses affected will expand dramatically if the Trump administration follows through on threats to apply 25 percent tariffs to an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports. Public hearings on that proposal took place last week in Washington, with a decision expected soon.

“If they add $200 billion in products [to the tariff list], there are not going to be domestic substitutions for some of them,” said Robert Kudrle, a specialist in international trade at the University of Minnesota. “We don’t make many of these things any more.”

Sept 27 Movement Lawyering for Palestinian Rights

Movement Lawyering for Palestinian Rights                            
Join us for this great chance to hear our visiting experts discuss legal obstacles and strategies for advancing the rights of Palestinians.

Date: Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Avenue South - Minneapolis
Mondale Hall Room 55

Hassan Jabareen, General Director, Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Marya Farah, Legal Researcer, Al-Haq,

Moderator: Edie Garwood, Country Specialist (Israel/OPT/Palestine), Amnesty International - USA

Open to the public; please RSVP to Sarah Thune at sthune@umn.edu or online at: https://goo.gl/forms/V28GxW0teZoQcQiw1

Global Health Case Competition – Information Session Oct 22, noon

(undergraduate, graduate, and professional students)     
The U of M Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from multiple schools and disciplines to come together to develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues. The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is hosting its annual competition in January 2019. Join this Information Session to learn about the goals, logistics, and application process.

 Learn more and RSVP at https://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/casecomp

HHH students--talk to Sherry Gray for information on time commitments, team composition, and schedule.
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