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Wage and Investment Behavior in Transition: Evidence from a Polish Panel Data Set

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  • Grosfeld, I.
  • Nivet, J. F.

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This paper looks at the behavior of large industrial firms in Poland in 1988-1994. Using a longitudinal enterprise level data set, we are able to systematically test various hypotheses concerning firms reactions to the change in their environment. The results confirm a structural break after the introduction of the package of reforms in 1990. Labor market conditions and product market competition exert important downward pressure on wages. However, after 1993, this initially strong response is weakened. Comparison of wage setting behavior across different types of firms confirms important differences in wage negociation. In state-owned enterprises insiders capture an important part of productivity increase while in privatized firms there is no positive relationship between firm ability to pay and wage increases. Privatization appears important for the strategic dimension of enterprise restructuring. Privatized firms invest more and have greater capacity to ensure higher output growth.

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Paper provided by DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure) in its series DELTA Working Papers with number 97-19.

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Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:97-19

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  1. Grosfeld, Irena & Nivet, Jean-Francois, 1999. "Insider power and wage setting in transition: Evidence from a panel of large Polish firms, 1988-1994," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 43(4-6), pages 1137-1147, April.
  2. French-German Economic Forum, 1999. "Reduction of Working Time," Working Papers 1999-13, CEPII research center.
  3. Rumen Lazarov, 2001. "The Innovative Activity of the Companies (After the Model of Pleven, Lovech, Veliko Tarnovo and Gabrovo Districts)," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 1, pages 132-158.
  4. Barbara Blaszczyk & Iraj Hashi & Alexander Radygin & Richard Woodward, 2003. "Corporate Governance and Ownership Structure in the Transition: The Current State of Knowledge and Where to Go from Here," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0264, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  5. Carlin, Wendy & Fries, Steven & Schaffer, Mark E & Seabright, Paul, 2001. "Competition and Enterprise Performance in Transition Economies: Evidence from a Cross-country Survey," CEPR Discussion Papers 2840, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  6. Wendy Carlin & Steven Fries & Mark Schaffer & Paul Seabright, 2001. "Competition and Enterprise Performance in Transition Economies from a Cross-Country Survey," CERT Discussion Papers 0101, Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Heriot Watt University.
  7. Yurii Perevalov & Ilya Gimadii & Vladimir Dobrodei, 2000. "Does Privatisation Improve Performance of Industrial Enterprises? Empirical Evidence from Russia," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(3), pages 337-363.

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