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Research Paper University of Milan: Department of Economics Working Papers 2004-17

Nominal wage flexibility and institutions: preliminary micro-evidence from the Europanel

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Publication date

2004

Abstract

This paper analyses wage dynamics at individual level using the
European Community Household Panel data. We compare yearly
wage changes of full-time employees staying in the same firm for twelve
European countries during the 1994-96 time-period. For all the European
countries we find evidence of nominal wage rigidity. The percentage
of employees receiving no wage changes is different across countries,
with Germany and Ireland ranking at the top and the bottom
respectively. At the same time, nominal wage cuts are not rare. We
therefore consider the impact of the bargaining structure and institutions
in the European labor markets on the extent of nominal wage
flexibility observed.

Subjects

Labour Market and Wages And Earnings

Links

http://ideas.repec.org/p/mil/wpdepa/2004-17.html

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