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The Wage Curve an Italian Perspective

  • DESTEFANIS, Sergio


    (CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno - Italy)

  • PICA, Giovanni


    (CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno - Italy)

In this paper we appraise the existence of a negative relationship between the wage level and the unemployment rate (the wage curve) across Italian regions, using data from the Bank of Italy’s Survey on Household Income and Wealth. The main advantage of this data-set is the availability of information on human capital characteristics of individuals (such as gender, age and education) and, more importantly, on hours worked. Our main finding is that, even though a wage curve exists in Italy, at least after the 1992-93 wage reforms, for annual and monthly wages, no such relationship exists for hourly wages. Consistently, after the reforms we find a negative elasticity of annual hours and months worked with respect to the unemployment rate.

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Paper provided by CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy in its series CELPE Discussion Papers with number 117.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 23 Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:sal:celpdp:0117
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