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Wage Gradients in an Enlarged EU

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  • Helena Marques

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    (Loughborough University)

  • Hugh Metcalf

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    (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

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In this paper we estimate a sectoral real wage equation for three regional blocs of the enlarged EU that we defined as North (wealthiest EU), South (Greece, Portugal and Spain) and East (acceding Central and Eastern European countries). The estimation results show that real wages react differently in each of the blocs to the impact of market size, location and factor endowments across a range of industrial sectors which differ by their degrees of economies of scale and skill-intensities in the presence of transport costs.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Loughborough University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2003_13.

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Date of creation: Dec 2003
Date of revision: Dec 2003
Handle: RePEc:lbo:lbowps:2003_13

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Keywords: wage equation; labour demand; human capital; EU enlargement;

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  1. Helena Marques, 2004. "The skilled U-shaped Europe: is it really and on which side does it stand?," Discussion Paper Series 2004_06, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Mar 2004.

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