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The Neoclassical Determinants of Real Wage

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  • Mehmet Ivrendi

    () (Department of Economics, Pamukkale University)

  • Bulent Guloglu

    () (Department of Economics, Pamukkale University)

  • Ý. Hakan Yetkiner

    () (Department of Economics, Izmir University of Economics)

Abstract

This paper presents empirical evidence that the neoclassical explanation of real wage has a high explanatory power at macro level. The factor endowments explanation of wage is surprisingly rare in the literature, at least at empirical level. In this paper, using panel data from 26 OECD countries, we show that technology and factor endowments (physical capital and labor stocks) have a significant explanatory power on the determination of real wage. Based on our results, we speculate that the supply-side rather than demand-side variables may be the major source of wage differences across countries.

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  • Mehmet Ivrendi & Bulent Guloglu & Ý. Hakan Yetkiner, 2013. "The Neoclassical Determinants of Real Wage," Working Papers 1304, Izmir University of Economics.
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    1. William R. DiPietro, 2015. "Wages And Corporate Dominance," Ekonomika, Journal for Economic Theory and Practice and Social Issues 2015-01, „Ekonomika“ Society of Economists, Niš (Serbia).

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    Keywords

    wage; factor endowment; inter-country wage differences; panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity

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