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The Acceptability of Layoffs and Pay Cuts: Comparing North America with Germany

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  • Gerlach, Knut
  • Levine, David I.
  • Stephan, Gesine
  • Struck, Olaf

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Substantial evidence shows that North Americans are generally more accepting of the market than Europeans and attribute market outcomes to a larger degree to effort or skill. Thus, we expect North Americans to be more accepting of layoffs and pay cuts than Germans and that Germans will be more sensitive to the procedures and conditions under which pay cuts and lay-offs occur. The empirical results from our quasi-experimental study are largely in line with our hypotheses. These results may help explain and be explained by the different labour market in-stitutions in the different regions.

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  • Gerlach, Knut & Levine, David I. & Stephan, Gesine & Struck, Olaf, 2005. "The Acceptability of Layoffs and Pay Cuts: Comparing North America with Germany," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt1k21d0rg, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
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    Keywords

    Industrial Relations--Germany; Industrial Relations--United States; Layoffs; Employee Wages;

    JEL classification:

    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • P52 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies

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