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Survey evidence on wage and price setting in Estonia

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  • Aurelijus Dabušinskas
  • Tairi Rõõm

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    In this paper, we give a comprehensive overview of wage and price adjustment practices in Estonia, drawing from two managerial surveys which were conducted in autumn 2007 and summer 2009 within the framework of the Wage Dynamics Network (WDN), a joint research project by the Eurosystem/ESCB. Our discussion covers a broad range of results, including firm-level descriptive evidence for several institutional and structural characteristics of the Estonian economy such as unionisation and collective bargaining coverage, labour intensity of production, remuneration methods, product market competition, etc., and insights into the wage and price setting behaviour of Estonian firms. To illustrate this behaviour, we give an overview of the frequency and timing of wage and price changes; the extent of downward nominal and real wage rigidity; the determinants of wages paid to newly employed workers; and finally, the nature of firms\' adjustments to cost push and negative demand shocks

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    Paper provided by Bank of Estonia in its series Bank of Estonia Working Papers with number wp2011-06.

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    Date of creation: 27 May 2011
    Date of revision: 27 May 2011
    Handle: RePEc:eea:boewps:wp2011-06

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    Keywords: survey data; wage setting; price setting; Estonia;

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    1. Jan Babecky & Philip Du Caju & Theodora Kosma & Martina Lawless & Julian Messina & Tairi Room, 2009. "Downward Nominal and Real Wage Rigidity: Survey Evidence from European Firms," Working Papers 2009/4, Czech National Bank, Research Department.
    2. Jan Babecky & Philip Du Caju & Theodora Kosma & Martina Lawless & Julian Messina & Tairi Room, 2010. "The Margins of Labour Cost Adjustment: Survey Evidence from European Firms," Working Papers 2010/07, Czech National Bank, Research Department.
    3. Du Caju, Philip & Gautier, Erwan & Momferatou, Daphne & Ward-Warmedinger, Melanie, 2008. "Institutional features of wage bargaining in 23 European countries, the US and Japan," Working Paper Series 0974, European Central Bank.
    4. Jan Babecky & Kamil Dybczak & Kamil Galuscak, 2008. "Survey on Wage and Price Formation of Czech Firms," Working Papers 2008/12, Czech National Bank, Research Department.
    5. Grégory de Walque & Juan Jimeno & Michael Krause & Hervé Le Bihan & Stephen Millard & Frank Smets, 2010. "Some Macroeconomic and Monetary Policy Implications of New Micro Evidence on Wage Dynamics," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 8(2-3), pages 506-513, 04-05.
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