Labour Market Implications of a Compressed Wage Structure When Education and Training are Endogenous
27 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2003
We consider the economic implications of a compressed wage structure which is exogenously determined by institutions. An important feature of our analysis is that human capital is endogenous and can be achieved either as formal education or as informal training within firms after entering the labour market. While institutional wage compression decreases the incentives of individuals to become educated, it increases the incentives of firms to invest in training. As a result, the net effects of wage compression on the aggregate human capital level and GDP are ambiguous. Moreover, with wage compression, a skill-biased technological change may cause wage inequality to decrease.
Keywords: Wage compression, training, education, inequality, institutions, skill-biased technological change
JEL Classification: I21, J31, J5, O33
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