Banking Wage Rigidity - An Econometric Panel Data Analysis for Western Europe and USA 1980-2006
Miltiades N. Georgiou
October 6, 2009
In the present paper an attempt will be made to show that in the banking sector wage rigidity increases as consumer inflation decreases. The immediate consequence is that banks cannot offer more competitive prices without shrinking profits. Hence, countries with strict labour laws hinder baking competitiveness. Each country will be considered as a banking sector. Data are annual for the period 1980-2006 covering many western European countries and the United States and are elaborated with the software package Eviews.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Banking, Wage rigidity, Profitability, Competition
JEL Classification: G2, J41, L25, D4working papers series
Date posted: October 7, 2009
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