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Are real wages rigid downwards?

  • Holden, Steinar

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    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Wulfsberg, Fredrik

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    (Norges Bank)

This paper explores the existence of downward real wage rigidity (drwr) in 19 oecd countries, over the period 1973–1999, using data for hourly nominal earnings at industry level. Based on a nonparametric statistical method, which allows for country and year specific variation in both the median and the dispersion of industry wage changes, we find evidence of some downward rigidity of real wages in OECD countries overall, as well as for regions and time periods. There is some evidence that real wage cuts are less prevalent under strict employment protection legislation and high union density. Generally, we find stronger evidence for downward nominal than for downward real wage rigidity.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 07/2007.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 28 Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2007_007
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