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Are Transition Economy Workers Underpaid?

  • Vera A. Adamchik

    (University of Houston-Victoria)

  • Josef C. Brada

    (Arizona State University and Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

  • Arthur E. King

    (Lehigh University)

We examine the extent to which workers in transition and developed market economies are able to obtain wages that fully reflect their skills and labor force characteristics. We find that workers in two transition economies, the Czech Republic and Poland, are able to better attain the maximum wage available than are workers in a sample of developed market economies. This greater wage-setting efficiency in the transition economies appears to be more the result of social and demographic characteristics of the labor force than of the mechanisms for setting wages or of labor market policies.

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Paper provided by Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies) in its series Working Papers with number 278.

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