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Wage rigidity in Italy

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  • Orietta DESSY

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In this study we analyse wage rigidity at the individual level in Italy, presenting evidence from the 1989-1995 Survey of the Bank of Italy. A deep statistical analysis is carried out, replicatingprevious approaches by McLaughlin, Card and Hyslop and Kahn over similar US data. We alsopropose new, simple tests for wage rigidity. The different approaches adopted seem to go in thesame the direction of showing a relevant, persistent degree of nominal wage rigidity in Italy. Theextent of wage rigidity is significant not only for employees staying in the same firm, but also formovers. At the same time, wages are not completely downwardly rigid: a certain percentage ofwage cuts is reported by individuals

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  • Orietta DESSY, 2004. "Wage rigidity in Italy," Departmental Working Papers 2004-18, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
  • Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2004-18
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    1. Steinar Holden & Fredrik Wulfsberg, 2009. "Wage Rigidity, Institutions, and Inflation," CESifo Working Paper Series 2554, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Thomas Beissinger & Chritoph Knoppik, 2005. "Sind Nominallöhne starr? Neuere Evidenz und wirtschaftspolitische Implikationen," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 6(2), pages 171-188, May.
    3. Steinar Holden, 2001. "Monetary Policy and Nominal Rigidities under Low Inflation," CESifo Working Paper Series 481, CESifo Group Munich.
    4. Steinar Holden, 2001. "Does Price Stability Exacerbate Labour Market Rigidities in the EMU?," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 28(4), pages 403-418, December.
    5. Christoph Knoppik & Thomas Beissinger, 2009. "Downward nominal wage rigidity in Europe: an analysis of European micro data from the ECHP 1994–2001," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 36(2), pages 321-338, May.
    6. Steinar Holden, 2004. "The Costs of Price Stability: Downward Nominal Wage Rigidity in Europe," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 71(281), pages 183-208, May.
    7. Steinar Holden, 2004. "Wage Formation under Low Inflation," CESifo Working Paper Series 1252, CESifo Group Munich.
    8. Holden Steinar & Wulfsberg Fredrik, 2008. "Downward Nominal Wage Rigidity in the OECD," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 8(1), pages 1-50, April.

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