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Interindustry Wage Differentials and Efficiency Wages: Some Canadian Evidence

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  • Surendra Gera
  • Gilles Grenier

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Using the 1986 Labour Market Activity Survey as their major source of data, the authors estimate interindustry wage differentials in Canada at the one- and two-digit levels of industry aggregation for various types of workers. The major findings are that substantial interindustry wage differentials exist and are relatively stable over time; that the pattern of interindustry wage differentials is very similar for different kinds of workers; and that these differentials cannot be explained easily by compensating factors. The differentials seem to be consistent with the rent-sharing explanations of the labor market, such as those based on the notion of efficiency wages.

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  • Surendra Gera & Gilles Grenier, 1994. "Interindustry Wage Differentials and Efficiency Wages: Some Canadian Evidence," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 27(1), pages 81-100, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:27:y:1994:i:1:p:81-100
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