The Distribution of Earnings in Spain During the 1980s: The Effects of Skill, Unemployment, and Union Power

70 Pages Posted: 1 May 2001

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Olympia Bover

Banco de España - Research Department; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Samuel Bentolila

Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Manuel Arellano

CEMFI

Date Written: April 2001

Abstract

In this Paper we analyse changes in the conditional distributions of male earnings in Spain during the 1980s. We use a large new database of records on individual workers and firms from the Spanish Social Security system for the period 1980-1987. The data set is an unbalanced panel subject to censoring due to top and bottom coding. We analyse the behaviour of returns to skill and experience, across sectors and over time. We also study how these returns have been affected over the period by a host of aggregate and sector-specific factors, including unemployment rates and the sectoral coverage of trade union collective agreements.

Keywords: Earnings distributions, returns to skill and experience, unions

JEL Classification: J31, J51

Suggested Citation

Bover, Olympia and Bentolila, Samuel and Arellano, Manuel, The Distribution of Earnings in Spain During the 1980s: The Effects of Skill, Unemployment, and Union Power (April 2001). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 2770. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=268275

Olympia Bover (Contact Author)

Banco de España - Research Department ( email )

Alcala 50
28014 Madrid
Spain
+34 91 338 5979 (Phone)
+34 91 338 5678 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Samuel Bentolila

Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI) ( email )

Casado del Alisal 5
28014 Madrid
Spain
+34 91 429 0551 (Phone)
+34 91 429 1056 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Manuel Arellano

CEMFI ( email )

Casado del Alisal 5
28014 Madrid
Spain
+34 91 429 0551 (Phone)
+34 91 429 1056 (Fax)

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