Wage-Price Setting in New EU Member States

Author/Editor:

Manuela Goretti

Publication Date:

October 1, 2008

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper analyzes wage- and price-setting relations in new EU member countries. Panel estimates indicate a strong and significant relationship between real wages and labor productivity, as well as evidence of wage pass-through to inflation. Terms of trade shocks do not feed through to real wages. Country-specific wage developments, beyond differences in labor productivity growth, are mostly explained by real wage catch-up from different initial levels and different labor market conditions. Qualitative evidence also suggests that public sector wage demonstration effects and institutional factors may play a role in wage determination.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/243

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871012/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008243

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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