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A Latent Class Application to the Measurement of Poverty

  • Moisio, Pasi

    (European University Institute, Florence)

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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 which makes less restrictive identifying assumptions than some previous related work. I find that the relative stability of educational wage premia was justified by market forces. However, relative wages did not respond to negative net demand shocks for young workers, as well as white-collar workers.

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    Paper provided by IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD in its series IRISS Working Paper Series with number 2001-08.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:irs:iriswp:2001-08
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    1. Sen, Amartya, 1979. " Issues in the Measurement of Poverty," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 81(2), pages 285-307.
    2. Desai, Meghnad & Shah, Anup, 1988. "An Econometric Approach to the Measurement of Poverty," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 40(3), pages 505-22, September.
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