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“Low-wage Employment and Mobility in Spain”

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  • Blázquez, Maite

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    (Departmento de Análisis Económico (Teoría e Historia Económica). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.)

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The issue of low-wage workers has received increased interest during last decades in many European countries. In this paper I analyse the patterns of low-wage employment in the Spanish labour market. Using a sample of Spanish workers extracted from the European Community Household Panel for the period 1995-2001, I first analyse the earnings distribution as a whole, looking at the characteristics of low, medium and high paid jobs. I also look at the evolution of these jobs over the period 1995-2001. Furthermore, I examine the determinants of being in a low-paid job using an analytical framework that is characterised by the ability to account for the endogeneity of initial conditions. Finally, I explore the effects of low pay on job mobility. For this purpose I adopt an approach based on competing risks in order to allow for different risks of failure.

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Paper provided by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History) in its series Working Papers in Economic Theory with number 2005/03.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:uam:wpaper:200503

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Keywords: Low-wage employment; job mobility; competing risks;

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