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Wage setting in Hungary: evidence from a firm survey

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  • Gábor Kézdi

    (Magyar Nemzeti Bank (central bank of Hungary), Central European University, Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

  • István Kónya

    (Magyar Nemzeti Bank (central bank of Hungary))

Abstract

This paper presents new evidence on the flexibility of the Hungarian labor market, with special emphasis on wages. The results are based on a new survey on wage setting among Hungarian firms. The survey is part of the Eurosystem Wage Dynamics Network (WDN), and it is a harmonized questionnaire administered in 17 countries in Europe, including almost all Euro Area countries as well as five Central and Eastern European countries. The survey results show that the Hungarian labor market, while institutionally flexible, appears to be surprisingly rigid. The survey evidence points to low turnover and possibly more rigid wages than previously thought.

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  • Gábor Kézdi & István Kónya, 2012. "Wage setting in Hungary: evidence from a firm survey," MNB Occasional Papers 2012/103, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary).
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    Keywords

    wage setting; survey; wage dynamics network; Hungary;
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    JEL classification:

    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General

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