Wage Rigidities in Western Germany: Microeconometric Evidence from the 1990s
61 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2001
Date Written: October 2001
This Paper investigates whether and in what sense the west German wage structure has been "rigid" in the 1990s. To test the hypothesis that a rigid wage structure has been responsible for rising low-skilled unemployment, I propose a methodology that makes less restrictive identifying assumptions than some previous related work. I find that market forces justified the relative stability of educational wage premia. Relative wages did not, however, respond to negative net demand shocks for young workers and white-collar workers.
Keywords: Wages, unemployment, rigidities, identification, Germany
JEL Classification: J31, J64
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