Superstar Workers and Firms

Superstar Workers and Firms

Cinema Fulgor – Sala “Federico”
Corso d’Augusto 162, Rimini
16 September 2023


The XXV European Conference of the Ing. Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation focused on the topic ‘Superstar Workers and Firms’.

The morning session was opened with an introductory lecture by Jan Eeckhout (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), an expert in the study of the macroeconomic consequences of market power. In his speech, he talked about the salaries of top managers and how these are influenced by the market power of companies.

The first report focuses on ‘Stellar Wages’ and will be coordinated by Jan van Ours (Erasmus University Rotterdam). The study focuses on professionals who receive stellar salaries, belonging to the top 0.1% of the income distribution. We will look at the determinants of these wages, their evolution over time and how they affect the distribution of income.

The second report focuses on ‘Superstar Workers and Firms’ and was coordinated by Emanuela Ciapanna (Bank of Italy). It studies the evolution of markup in Europe and the role of superstar firms in driving its dynamics. More specifically, the report analyzes the features and dynamics of markups in 4 major EU economies and compare them to the US.

The conference ended with a panel discussion, moderated by Tito Boeri (RDB Foundation and Bocconi University), attended by Chiara Gribaudo (Vice President of the Labor Commission, House of the Representatives), Mario Padula (University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari), and Stefano Franchi (Federmeccanica General Manager).

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