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Nominal wage rigidity in the European Countries: evidence from the Europanel

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  • Orietta Dessy

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This paper analyses wage dynamics at individual level using the ECHP data. We compare yearly wage changes of employees in twelve European countries during the 1994-96 time-period. In all the European countries we find evidence of nominal and not real wage rigidity. At the same time, in none of the countries considered wages are completely downwardly rigid. We also compare nominal wage changes of employees staying with the same employer to movers and find that, despite movers distributions are generally more flexible than stayers, surprisingly enough they also have a spike at zero. Explanations of the above results with institutional features of the countries considered are given.

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Paper provided by International Conferences on Panel Data in its series 10th International Conference on Panel Data, Berlin, July 5-6, 2002 with number D2-1.

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  1. Devicenti francesco & Maida Agata & Sestito Paolo, 2005. "Downward Wage Rigidity in Italy : Micro-based Measures and Implications," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 200503, University of Turin.
  2. Rodriguez-Palenzuela, Diego & Camba-Méndez, Gonzalo & García, Juan Angel, 2003. "Relevant economic issues concerning the optimal rate of inflation," Working Paper Series 0278, European Central Bank.
  3. Bartolucci, Cristian, 2012. "Business cycles and wage rigidity," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 568-583.
  4. Alfonso Arpaia & Karl Pichelmann, 2007. "Nominal and real wage flexibility in EMU," European Economy - Economic Papers 281, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
  5. Francesco Devicienti & Agata Maida & Paolo Sestito, 2003. "Nominal and Real Wage Rigidity: An Assessment Using Italian Microdata," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 33, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.

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