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  • Amy Peng

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    (Department of Economics, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

  • Louis N. Christofides

    (Department of Economics, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus)

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We process information in a large number of Canadian wage contracts, signed over a period of several decades, to generate the long-run history of the real wage for each bargaining pair. We term these hitherto unexamined histories ‘chronologies’. We are able to generate 1574 continuous real wage chronologies and we examine the evolution of the real wage in each case. We explore the influence of productivity growth, the labour relations record of the pair, the influence of industry and region as well as the initial wage on the growth of the real wage rate over the decades in the sample. We also consider the relation between the mean and variance of the real wage contained in these chronologies.

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Paper provided by Ryerson University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 011.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:rye:wpaper:wp011

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Keywords: Wages; productivity; labour relations; compensating differentials; convergence.;

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