Wage Flexibility in Turbulent Times: A Practitioner's Guide

 
Author/Editor: Yamaguchi, Shintaro
 
Publication Date: July 01, 2005
 
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Summary: This paper reviews several methods to measure wage flexibility, and their suitability for evaluating the extent of such flexibility during times of structural change, when wage distributions and wage curves can be particularly volatile. The paper uses nonparametric estimation to capture possible nonlinearities in the wage curve and relaxes the assumption of a stable wage distribution over time by linking the shape of the wage change distribution to macroeconomic variables. The proposed methodology is applied to Polish micro data. The estimates confirm that wages are less elastic in a high-unemployment/low-wage environment. Based on a comparison of actual and counterfactual wage distributions, the effects of nominal wage rigidities on real wages, and thus, on the labor market and the real economy, were limited until 1998, but have been quite significant thereafter.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 05/134
Subject(s): Wages | Poland | Europe | Labor markets | Wage adjustments

Author's Keyword(s): Wage flexibility | labor markets | Central and Eastern Europe | Poland
 
English
Publication Date: July 01, 2005
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2005134 Pages: 33
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