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An empirical derivation of the industry wage equation

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  • Mason, Patrick L.

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This paper utilizes the Box-Cox transformation of variables technique to empirically derive an industry wage equation. Section I presents the determinants of potential wage differentials between and within industries. Section II estimates a Box-Cox industry wage equation. Likelihood ratio tests on alternative specifications of this equation affirm that competitive structure is a significant determinant of the industry wage rate and that human capital specifications of the industry wage equation (for the manufacturing sector) are not statistically valid. Section III summarizes the results.

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  • Mason, Patrick L., 1994. "An empirical derivation of the industry wage equation," MPRA Paper 11325, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Eva Katalin Polgar & Julia Woerz, 2011. "Trade With Central and Eastern Europe: Is It Really a Threat to Wages in the West?," DANUBE: Law and Economics Review, European Association Comenius - EACO, issue 1, pages 1-31, March.
    2. Tsoulfidis, Lefteris & Tsaliki, Persefoni, 2011. "Classical competition and regulating capital: theory and empirical evidence," MPRA Paper 51334, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2013.
    3. repec:onb:oenbwp:y:2009:i:1:b:1 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Box-Cox; functional form; wage equation; labor market inequality; efficiency wage;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General

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