Wage Rigidity, Collective Bargaining and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from French Agreement Data

34 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2011

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Sanvi Avouyi-Dovi

Banque de France; ICN Business School

Denis Fougère

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - National School for Statistical and Economic Administration (ENSAE); National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Erwan Gautier

Banque de France - Centre de Recherche

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Abstract

Using several unique data sets on wage agreements at both industry and firm levels in France, we document stylized facts on wage stickiness and the impact of wage-setting institutions on wage rigidity. First, the average duration of wages is a little less than one year and around 10 percent of wages are modified each month by a wage agreement. Data patterns are consistent with predictions of a mixture of Calvo and Taylor models. The frequency of wage change agreements is rather staggered over the year but the frequency of effective wage changes is seasonal. The national minimum wage has a significant impact on the probability of a wage agreement and on the seasonality of wage changes. Negotiated wage increases are correlated with inflation, the national minimum wage increases and the firm profitability.

Keywords: wage stickiness, wage bargaining, minimum wage, downward nominal wage rigidity

JEL Classification: J31, J50, E30

Suggested Citation

Avouyi-Dovi, Sanvi and Fougere, Denis and Gautier, Erwan, Wage Rigidity, Collective Bargaining and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from French Agreement Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5835, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1882854

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