Reflections on the Inter-Industry Wage Structure
51 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2004 Last revised: 19 Nov 2022
Date Written: June 1986
This paper reviews available evidence on the inter-industry wage structure. The inter-industry wage structure is remarkably similar in different eras, in different countries, and among different types of workers. Industries with high capital-to-labor ratios, monopoly power and high profits pay relatively high wages. We conclude that the competitive model cannot without substantial modification provide an adequate explanation of theinter-industry wage structure. The implications of this finding for micro and macro economic theory and policy are examined.
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