The Role of Sectoral Interactions in Wage Determination in the UK Economy
A multisectoral union-firm model of wage-setting is developed to analyze intersectoral interactions that take place through expectations of outside wage opportunities in the economy as a whole. The technical issues involved in the solution and estimation of models of this type are discussed, noting the significance of the assumed structure of information across sectors. These issues are investigated empirically using data for sixteen industrial sectors o f the UK economy. It is found that (1) expected outside wages exert an important influence on real wages in all sectors; (2) pressure on wa ges which are internal to the sector are found primarily outside the "service-producing" sectors; (3) unemployment rates and unemployment benefits show up significantly only in a few sectors; (4) there are complicated dynamic adjustments influencing wage formation across th e sectors; and (5) the aggregate wage equations considered in the pape r are subject to serious aggregation problems. Copyright 1993 by Royal Economic Society.
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