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Wage differentials between East and West Germany: are they related to the location or to the people?

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  • W. Smolny
  • M. Kirbach
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    Despite rapid economic integration and massive help from the Federal Government, large wage differences between East and West Germany still persist. We ask whether those differences are related to disadvantageous locational conditions in East Germany or could be found in the characteristics of the people living there. This article analyses income adjustment of East-West migrants based on the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), 1990-2008. Because migrants earned their income in both East and West Germany, the effect of the location can be identified. The results indicate that the wage differences cannot be attributed to the people.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 9 ()
    Pages: 873-879

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:18:y:2011:i:9:p:873-879

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    1. Ekaterina Selezneva & Philippe Van Kerm, 2013. "Inequality-adjusted gender wage differentials in Germany," Working Papers 334, Institut f├╝r Ost- und S├╝dosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).

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