Wage Flexibility for Skilled and Unskilled Workers: New Evidence on the Norwegian Wage Curve
Empirical evidence is provided in favour of a hypothesis that wages for unskilled workers are more responsive to unemployment than wages for skilled workers. The results imply vigorous wage responsiveness to low levels of unemployment for both groups, while the wage curves become almost entirely flat for unemployment rates above 1.7 percent. One interpretation of this result is that firms have strong incentives to increase wages in order to recruit and retain workers when unemployment is below some critical level. Since unemployed workers will certainly find work, the expected costs of a job loss are small, as are costs associated with an egalitarian wage policy. Copyright Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishers Ltd 1999.
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Volume (Year): 13 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
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