IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Wage changes and intrafirm job mobility over the business cycle: Two case studies

  • Gary Solon
  • Warren Whatley
  • Ann Huff Stevens

Despite the many reasons to expect sluggish wage adjustment, recent evidence suggests that real wages are quite procyclical (growing more rapidly during economic expansions than during recessions) and that this wage procyclicality pertains even to workers who stay with the same employer. One possible explanation for these findings is the old hypothesis that a portion of firms' cyclical adjustment of labor costs is achieved not by changing the wages paid in particular jobs, but by changing the quality of labor assigned to those jobs. The authors' analysis of interwar personnel data from the Ford Motor Company and the A.M. Byers Company supports that hypothesis. The authors recognize that case studies of only two firms cannot be definitive, but they conclude that cyclicality in workers' job assignments deserves further attention. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

Volume (Year): 50 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 402-415

as
in new window

Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:50:y:1997:i:3:p:402-415
Contact details of provider: Fax: 607-255-8016
Web page: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ilrreview/

More information through EDIRC

Order Information: Postal: 381 Ives East, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Web: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/ilrreview/ Email:


No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:50:y:1997:i:3:p:402-415. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (ILR Review)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.