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Fréchet Distribution Applied to Salary Incomes in Spain from 1999 to 2014. An Engineering Approach to Changes in Salaries’ Distribution

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  • Santiago Pindado

    () (Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad “Ignacio Da Riva” (IDR/UPM), ETSI Aeronáutica y del Espacio, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Pza. del Cardenal Cisneros 3, 28040 Madrid, Spain)

  • Carlos Pindado

    () (Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Colegiado n° 13177, Almagro 42 - 1 a Planta, 28010 Madrid, Spain)

  • Javier Cubas

    () (Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad “Ignacio Da Riva” (IDR/UPM), ETSI Aeronáutica y del Espacio, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Pza. del Cardenal Cisneros 3, 28040 Madrid, Spain)

Abstract

The official data in relation to salaries paid in Spain from 1999 to 2014 has been analyzed. The inadequate data format does not reflect the whole salary distribution. Fréchet distributions have been fitted to the data. This simple distribution has similar accuracy in relation to the data when compared to other distributions (Log-Normal, Gamma, Dagum, GB2). Analysis of the data through the fitted Fréchet distributions reveals a tendency towards more balanced (i.e., less skewed) salary distributions from 2002 to 2014 in Spain.

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  • Santiago Pindado & Carlos Pindado & Javier Cubas, 2017. "Fréchet Distribution Applied to Salary Incomes in Spain from 1999 to 2014. An Engineering Approach to Changes in Salaries’ Distribution," Economies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(2), pages 1-19, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jecomi:v:5:y:2017:i:2:p:14-:d:97287
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    Keywords

    Spanish economy; salary distribution; parametric modelling; Fréchet distribution; minimum wage;

    JEL classification:

    • E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
    • F - International Economics
    • I - Health, Education, and Welfare
    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics
    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics

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