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Labor market dynamics when effort depends on wage growth comparisons

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  • Jean-Pierre Urbain

    () (University of Maastricht, Department of Quantitative Economics, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands)

  • Franz Palm

    () (University of Maastricht, Department of Quantitative Economics, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands)

  • David de la Croix

    () (National Fund for Scientific Research and University of Louvain, Department of Economics, Place Montesquieu 3, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve)

Abstract

We present an efficiency wage model in which workers' disutility of effort depends on the level and on the growth rate of their wage relative to an alternative wage. Using data for four countries (US, UK, FR, GY), the implications of the model are examined and are found to be in accordance with the information in the non-stationary data. The restrictions implied by the model dynamics are not rejected by the data and the structural parameters are found to be constant through time. One interesting result is that the workers' disutility of effort depends less on relative wages growth and more on relative wage levels in the US than in the three European countries analyzed.

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  • Jean-Pierre Urbain & Franz Palm & David de la Croix, 2000. "Labor market dynamics when effort depends on wage growth comparisons," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 25(3), pages 393-419.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:25:y:2000:i:3:p:393-419
    Note: received: September 1998 / Final version accepted: November 1999
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    Keywords

    Efficiency wages · partial gift exchange · effort function · cointegration · GMM.;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity

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