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Evolving Wage Cyclicality in Latin America

Luca Gambetti () and Julian Messina ()

No 10657, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Examines the evolution of the cyclicality of real wages and employment in four Latin American economies: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, during the period 1980-2010. Wages are highly pro-cyclical during the 1980s and early 1990s, a period characterized by high inflation. As inflation declined wages became less pro-cyclical, a feature that is consistent with emerging downward wage rigidities in a low inflation environment. Compositional effects associated with changes in labor participation along the business cycle appear to matter less for estimates of wage cyclicality than in developed economies.

Keywords: downward wage rigidity; indexation; real wage cyclicality; vector autoregression; time varying coefficients; Bayesian estimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-03
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