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Does Regulation Trade-Off Quality against Inequality? The Case of German Architects and Construction Engineers

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  • Rostam-Afschar, Davud
  • Strohmaier, Kristina

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We exploit an exogenous price increase by about 10% for architectural services to answer the question how rice regulation affects income inequality and service quality. Using individual-level data from the German microcensus for the years 2006 to 2012, we find a significant reform effect of 8% on personal net income for self-employed architects and construction engineers. This group moved from the second lowest to the highest quintile of the net income distribution. This increase in inequality is associated with a deterioration of service quality. The reform reduced average scores of a peer ranking for architects by 18%.

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  • Rostam-Afschar, Davud & Strohmaier, Kristina, 2018. "Does Regulation Trade-Off Quality against Inequality? The Case of German Architects and Construction Engineers," GLO Discussion Paper Series 256, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
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    Keywords

    Regulation; Inequality; Wages; Service Quality; Entrepreneurship; Natural Experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L74 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Construction
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship

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