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Wage Rigidity in Canadian Collective Bargaining Agreements

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  • Louis N. Christofides
  • Thanasis Stengos

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We examine wage-change distributions in Canadian union contracts for evidence of downward nominal wage rigidity. Its probability increases substantially during low-inflation periods. During such periods, we discern no reduction in the incidence of real wage cuts. However, their magnitude is modest, suggesting that the labour market may not function as smoothly.

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Paper provided by University of Cyprus Department of Economics in its series University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics with number 1-2003.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:1-2003

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Keywords: nominal; real; wage rigidity;

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