EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

How wages change: micro evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project

William T. Dickens, Lorenz Goette (), Erica Groshen (), Steinar Holden (), Julian Messina (), Mark Schweitzer, Jarkko Turunen () and Melanie Ward

No 620, Working Papers (Old Series) from Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Abstract: How do the complex institutions involved in wage setting affect wage changes? The International Wage Flexibility Project provides new microeconomic evidence on how wages change for continuing workers. We analyze individuals? earnings in 31 different data sets from sixteen countries, from which we obtain a total of 360 wage change distributions. We find a remarkable amount of variation in wage changes across workers. Wage changes have a notably non-normal distribution; they are tightly clustered around the median and also have many extreme values. Furthermore, nearly all countries show asymmetry in their wage distributions below the median. Indeed, we find evidence of both downward nominal and real wage rigidities. We also find that the extent of both these rigidities varies substantially across countries. Our results suggest that variations in the extent of union presence in wage bargaining play a role in explaining differing degrees of rigidities among countries.

Keywords: Wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006, Revised 2006
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba and nep-lab
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (14) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.clevelandfed.org/~/media/content/newsr ... ject%20pdf.pdf?la=en Full text (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: How Wages Change: Micro Evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project (2007) Downloads
Working Paper: How wages change: micro evidence from the international wage flexibility project (2007) Downloads
Working Paper: How Wages Change: Micro Evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project (2007) Downloads
Working Paper: How wages change: micro evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project (2006) Downloads
Working Paper: How Wages Change: Micro Evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project (2006) Downloads
Working Paper: How wages change: micro evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project (2006) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:fip:fedcwp:0620

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers (Old Series) from Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2020-05-26
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:0620