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Asymmetric wage adjustment and employment in European firms

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  • Marotzke, Petra
  • Anderton, Robert
  • Bairrao, Ana
  • Berson, Clémence
  • Tóth, Peter

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We explore the impact of wage adjustment on employment with a focus on the role of downward nominal wage rigidities. We use a harmonised survey dataset, which covers 25 European countries in the period 2010-2013. These data are particularly useful for this paper given the firm-level information on the change in economic conditions and collective pay agreements. Our findings confirm the presence of wage rigidities in Europe: first, collective pay agreements reduce the probability of downward wage adjustment; second, the rise in the probability of downward base wage responses following a decrease in demand is significantly smaller than the rise in the probability of an upward wage response associated with an increase in demand. Estimation results point to a negative effect of downward wage rigidities on employment at the firm level. JEL Classification: J23, J30

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  • Marotzke, Petra & Anderton, Robert & Bairrao, Ana & Berson, Clémence & Tóth, Peter, 2017. "Asymmetric wage adjustment and employment in European firms," Working Paper Series 2103, European Central Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20172103
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    demand shocks; employment; wage rigidity;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General

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