The (Dis) Similarity of Interindustry Wage Differentials in Germany and the United States. Evidence from Microdata / Zur (geringen) Ähnlichkeit der sektoralen Lohnstruktur zwischen Deutschland und Amerika. Eine Untersuchung mit Mikrodaten
Helwege Jean and
Joachim Wagner ()
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Helwege Jean: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C., USA.
Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), 1994, vol. 213, issue 6, 670-679
This study compares interindustry wages differentials in the U.S. and Germany using large microdata samples from wage surveys in 1979, 1985, and 1987. In contrast to previous studies, which found correlations of wage differentials in Germany and the U.S. of .85 and .95, we find less similarity in the wage structures of the two countries - the unweighted correlations between wage differentials based on the 1979 surveys and based on the later surveys are both about .6 and weighted correlations are as low as .22.
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