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Downward Wage Rigidities in Slovakia

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The degree of labor market flexibility is especially important for countries considering entry into monetary union. The aim of this article is to assess the extent of wage rigidities in Slovakia. The novelty of this paper is in the employment of Holden andWulfsberg (2009) approach to the micro data. Firstly, we apply the original methodology on industrial level data drawn from recent decade. The results obtained from sectoral data are ambiguous for Slovakia. Secondly, we turn to micro-approach, where we apply slightly modified methodology on company level data. The estimated extent of both nominal and real rigidities is relatively small. We conclude that flexible hourly wages favored the euro adoption in 2009.

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Article provided by Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies in its journal AUCO Czech Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 4 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 079-101

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Handle: RePEc:fau:aucocz:au2010_079

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Keywords: Nominal and real wage rigidity; Slovakia;

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Cited by:
  1. Daniel Němec, 2013. "Investigating Differences Between the Czech and Slovak Labour Market Using a Small DSGE Model with Search and Matching Frictions," Czech Economic Review, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, vol. 7(1), pages 021-041, March.
  2. Marianna Cervena, 2012. "Labor Cost Adjustment: Evidence From a Survey of Slovak Firms," Working and Discussion Papers WP 4/2012, Research Department, National Bank of Slovakia.
  3. Marianna Cervena, 2012. "Base Wage Rigidities: Evidence From a Survey of Slovak Firms," Working and Discussion Papers WP 3/2012, Research Department, National Bank of Slovakia.
  4. Pavel Gertler, 2010. "The wage curve: A panel data view of labour market segments," Working and Discussion Papers WP 3/2010, Research Department, National Bank of Slovakia.

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