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Stocasthic frontiers and wage inefficiency in Venezuela

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  • Pedro Harmath

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    (Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado, Decanato de Ciencias y Tecnología, Departamento de Investigación de Operaciones y Estadística, Núcleo Obelisco, Avenida Las Industrias, Barquisimeto estado Lara, Venezuela.)

  • Josefa Ramoni

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    (Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales, Departamento de Economía, Núcleo Liria, Edificio H, Piso 3, Mérida, estado Mérida, Venezuela.)

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    This paper analyzes wage inefficiency in Venezuela in 2006 based on the methodology of stochastic frontiers. Empirical results indicate that employers’ inefficiency is above 30%, while for employees inefficiency is not statistical significant. This can be explained by government role in the labor market and by the fact that employers may be paying efficiency wages to increase productivity.

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    Article provided by Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (IIES). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales. Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela in its journal Economía.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 33 (January-june)
    Pages: 107-142

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    Handle: RePEc:ula:econom:v:37:y:2012:i:33:p:107-142

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    Keywords: Stochastic frontiers; wages; labor market.;

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    1. Juan Miguel VILLA LORA, 2006. "Propuesta para la estimación del salario de reserva de los empleados en Colombia con el análisis de fronteras estocásticas," ARCHIVOS DE ECONOMÍA 003402, DEPARTAMENTO NACIONAL DE PLANEACIÓN.
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