Wages, Productivity, and Work Intensity in the Great Depression
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - Strathclyde Business School - Department of Economics
Robert A. Hart
University of Stirling - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 543
We show that U.S. manufacturing wages during the Great Depression were importantly determined by forces on firms' intensive margins. Short-run changes in work intensity and the longer-term goal of restoring full potential productivity combined to influence real wage growth. By contrast, the external effects of unemployment and replacement rates had much less impact. Empirical work is undertaken against the background of an efficient bargaining model that embraces employment, hours of work and work intensity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Wages, Productivity, Work Intensity, Great Depression
JEL Classification: J24, J31, N62
Date posted: August 29, 2002
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