Germany : Selected Issues

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

November 11, 1997

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This Selected Issues paper analyzes labor market asymmetries and macroeconomic adjustment in Germany. Empirical work reported shows that in Germany, negative demand shocks increase the unemployment rate by more than the decrease in the unemployment rate caused by a comparable-sized positive demand shock. The contribution of labor costs to explaining the high level of unemployment, particularly since unification, is studied. Empirical estimates are obtained for the wage gap—the deviation of actual labor costs from warranted labor costs based on estimated production functions assuming competitive factor markets and full employment.

Series:

Country Report No. 97/101

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 11, 1997

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451810318/1934-7685

Stock No:

1DEUEA0011997

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

167

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