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CitationNeffke, Frank. “Coworker Complementarity.” CID Research Fellow and Graduate Student Working Paper Series 2017.79, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, January 2017.
AbstractHow important is working with people who complement one's skills? Using administrative data that record which of 491 educational tracks each worker in Sweden absolved, I quantify the educational tracks among coworkers along two dimensions: coworker match and coworker substitutability. Complementary coworkers raise wages with a comparable factor as does a college degree, whereas working with close substitutes is associated with wage penalties. Moreover, this coworker fit does not only account for large portions of the urban and large-plant wage premiums, but the returns to own schooling and the urban wage premium are almost completely contingent on finding complementary coworkers.
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