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Einstiegslöhne bei unvollkommenen Arbeitsmärkten


  • Johannes Gernandt
  • Friedhelm Pfeiffer


This study compares the wages and wage rigidity of entrants with incumbent workers in the West German labour market, based on individual data from 1975 to 1995. On average entrants (around 11 per cent of the workforce each year) wages were 40 per cent lower than incumbent wages, with a rising tendency. Roughly 53 per cent of this difference can be attributed to observed heterogeneity. Further econometric evidence suggests that wage rigidity existed for entrants, with an average estimated yearly wage sweep-up of 2.4 per cent. This presumably was an important reason for rising unemployment in the observation period. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik und Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2006

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  • Johannes Gernandt & Friedhelm Pfeiffer, 2006. "Einstiegslöhne bei unvollkommenen Arbeitsmärkten," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 7(2), pages 147-172, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:7:y:2006:i:2:p:147-172

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    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law


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