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Reasons for Wage Rigidity in Germany

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  • Franz, Wolfgang

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    (ZEW Mannheim)

  • Pfeiffer, Friedhelm

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    (ZEW Mannheim)

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This study investigates institutional and economic reasons for downward wage rigidity regarding three occupational skill groups. Based on a survey of 801 firms in Germany and an econometric analysis, we find strong support for explanations based on the effects of labour union contracts and efficiency wages that differ between skill groups. Survey respondents indicate that labour union contracts and implicit contracts are important reasons for wage rigidity for the (less) skilled. Specific human capital and negative signals for new hires are causes of the stickiness of wages for the highly skilled. Compared with US evidence, German firms seem to attach more importance to labour union contracts and specific human capital.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2017.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Publication status: published in: Labour, 2006, 20 (2), 255-284
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2017

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Keywords: wage rigidity; labour union contracts; efficiency wage theory; implicit contract theory; regulation of labour;

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