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Insider Forces and Wage Determination

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  • Nickell, Stephen J
  • Wadhwani, Sushil

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This paper investigates the relative importance of firm-specific factors (i.e., insider forces) in wage determination. Using firm-level data on 219 U.K. companies over 1974-82, it finds that a 1 percent rise in a firm's prices or productivity relative to the aggregate economy leads to a rise in relative wages of 0.1-0.2 percent. As a corollary to this, outside factors, like the aggregate wage and the unemployment rate, also play an important role. There is evidence for insider-based hysteresis effects, but these are inversely related to the extent to which firms take national agreements into account. Copyright 1990 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Nickell, Stephen J & Wadhwani, Sushil, 1990. "Insider Forces and Wage Determination," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 100(401), pages 496-509, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:100:y:1990:i:401:p:496-509
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