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Are Wages Equal Across Sectors of Production? A Panel Data Analysis for Tradable and Non-Tradable Goods

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  • Achim Schmillen

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    (Osteuropa-Institut, Regensburg (Institut for East European Studies))

The assumption that national labor markets are homogenous across tradable and non-tradable goods is common in multisector (open-economy) macro models and crucial for the prominent Balassa-Samuelson hypothesis. This study tests it with a novel method to distinguish the tradable and non-tradable sectors grounded in economic theory, modern empirical methods and a large and detailed macro data set. It finds that both the internal relationship between productivity and wages in the tradable and non-tradable sectors postulated by the Balassa-Samuelson hypothesis and its external transmission mechanism are rejected.

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Paper provided by Leibniz Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and Southeast European Studies) in its series Working Papers with number 285.

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Date of creation: Jun 2010
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