UNH's Whittemore School Economics Seminar Explores Why Big Firms Pay Higher Wages

Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations

September 12, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. – John Gibson, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Waikato Management School in Hamilton, New Zealand, is the featured speaker at the Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, Economics Seminar sponsored by the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Gibson presents his research, “Firm Size, Wages, and Unmeasured Skills: Evidence from an International Database,” from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 318 McConnell Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitor parking at UNH is located just off Route 155A on Mast Road; a free shuttle bus service is available from the visitor center.

Gibson will discuss his research testing the hypothesis that the pattern of higher wages often found in larger firms is due to the fact that the workers are more skilled. Gibson received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His teaching and research interests focus on development issues, the international economy, labor, and applied microeconometrics. He is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Economics Department at Williams College in Massachusetts.

The Economics Seminar series is a weekly event of the Whittemore School’s graduate degree program in economics that highlights the research of the school’s faculty, graduate students and visiting academics. The presentations are interspersed with questions from the audience.

For more information about the seminars, contact Karen Conway, coordinator of graduate studies and associate professor of economics, at 862-3386 or ksconway@cisunix.unh.edu. Advance copies of Gibson’s paper are available by calling Sinthy Kounlasa at 862-3457 or sending an email to: sinthy.kounlasa@unh.edu.

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