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Geringverdiener: wem und wie gelingt der Aufstieg?

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  • Schank, Thorsten
  • Schnabel, Claus
  • Stephani, Jens

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Using representative linked employer-employee data of the German Federal Employment Agency, this paper analyzes to which extent full-time employees who earned low wages (less than two-thirds of the median wage) in 1998/99 were able to earn higher wages in the following years, and which factors played a role in this context. It is shown that just one out of eight of these low-wage earners was able to earn wages above the low wage threshold in 2005. While younger and better qualified low-wage earners record a higher probability of getting higher wages, women are less successful. In addition, this probability shows a significant relationship with the size and the employment structure of the establish-ment. Moving from one establishment to another is an important instrument for leaving low-wage employment. -- Mit repräsentativen verbundenen Arbeitgeber-Arbeitnehmer-Daten der Bundesagentur für Arbeit wird untersucht, inwieweit Personen, die in den Jahren 1998/99 vollzeitbeschäftigte Geringverdiener mit weniger als zwei Dritteln des Medianlohns waren, in den folgenden Jahren den Aufstieg aus dem Niedrig-lohnsektor schafften und welche Faktoren hierbei eine Rolle spielten. Es zeigt sich, dass nur gut jeder Achte der ursprünglichen Geringverdiener im Jahr 2005 einen Lohn oberhalb der Geringverdienerschwelle erreichen konnte. Während jüngere und besser ausgebildete Geringverdiener eine deutlich höhere Aufstiegswahr-scheinlichkeit aufweisen, schaffen Frauen seltener den Aufstieg. Auch die Größe und Beschäftigtenstruktur des Betriebes stehen in einem signifikanten Zusammenhang mit der Aufstiegswahrscheinlichkeit. Ein wichtiges Instrument für das Verlassen von Niedriglohntätigkeiten stellt der Wechsel des Betriebes dar.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 57.

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Keywords: Geringverdiener; Niedriglohnsektor; Aufstiegsmobilität;

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  1. Mosthaf, Alexander & Schank, Thorsten & Schnabel, Claus, 2009. "Low-wage employment versus unemployment: which one provides better prospects for women?," Discussion Papers 65, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  2. Stephani, Jens, 2012. "Wage growth and career patterns of German low-wage workers," IAB Discussion Paper 201201, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  3. Andreas Knabe & Alexander Plum, 2013. "Low-wage Jobs — Springboard to High-paid Ones?," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 27(3), pages 310-330, 09.
  4. Mosthaf, Alexander & Schnabel, Claus & Stephani, Jens, 2010. "Low-Wage Careers: Are There Dead-End Firms and Dead-End Jobs?," IZA Discussion Papers 4696, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Stephani, Jens, 2013. "Does it matter where you work? : employer characteristics and the wage growth of low-wage workers and higher-wage workers," IAB Discussion Paper 201304, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  6. Daniel D. Schnitzlein & Jens Stephani, 2013. "Locus of Control and Low-Wage Mobility," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 589, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  7. Mosthaf, Alexander, 2011. "Low-wage jobs - stepping stones or just bad signals?," IAB Discussion Paper 201111, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  8. Koller, Lena, 2011. "Lohnmobilität alleinstehender SGB-II-Leistungsempfänger," IAB Discussion Paper 201105, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  9. Grün, Carola & Mahringer, Helmut & Rhein, Thomas, 2011. "Low-wage jobs: a means for employment integration of the unemployed? : evidence from administrative data in Germany and Austria," IAB Discussion Paper 201101, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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