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Inter-industry Wage Dispersion in Portugal: high but falling

  • Hartog, Joop


    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Pereira, Pedro T.


    (University of Madeira)

  • Vieira, José António Cabral


    (University of the Azores)

This paper examines the size of inter-industry wage dispersion in Portugal and compares with other countries. We find that the country has a high inter-industry wage inequality compared with the European standard. Nevertheless, the dispersion reduced over the 1980s and the early 1990s along a process of centralisation of the wage setting. This finding may add to the emerging notion that centralisation reduces inter-industry wage dispersion.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 53.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Aug 1999
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Publication status: published as 'Inter-industry Wage Dispersion in Portugal' in: Empirica, 2000, 27 (4), 353-364
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp53
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