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Wage Rigidities in Western Germany: Microeconometric Evidence from the 1990s

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This Paper investigates whether and in what sense the west German wage structure has been ‘rigid’ in the 1990s. To test the hypothesis that a rigid wage structure has been responsible for rising low-skilled unemployment, I propose a methodology that makes less restrictive identifying assumptions than some previous related work. I find that market forces justified the relative stability of educational wage premia. Relative wages did not, however, respond to negative net demand shocks for young workers and white-collar workers.

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  • Puhani, Patrick A, 2001. "Wage Rigidities in Western Germany: Microeconometric Evidence from the 1990s," CEPR Discussion Papers 3009, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Germany; identification; rigidities; unemployment; wages;
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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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