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Wage and Price Setting Behaviour of Lithuanian Firms

Ernestas Virbickas

No 7, Bank of Lithuania Working Paper Series from Bank of Lithuania

Abstract: This paper investigates the wage and price setting behaviour of Lithuanian firms on the basis of an ad hoc survey "On Price and Wage Setting" undertaken by the Bank of Lithuania. The paper provides survey evidence on the frequency of wage and price changes. The frequency of wage changes turns out to be higher in firms that apply collective pay agreements, while the frequency of price changes appears to be positively affected by the market competition. Labour cost share is not found to be significant in making the impact on the frequency of price changes. This paper also investigates the role of certain technological, institutional and other factors in shaping firms' responses to a negative demand shock, an intermediate input cost shock and a wage shock. A higher labour cost share is found to increase the likelihood of a price increase following a wage shock. Flexible wage components mitigate firms' responses to a slowdown in demand and an intermediate input cost increase. The behaviour of firms following the investigated shocks is also affected by the level of competition. The role of collective pay agreements appears to be rather limited in shaping responses of firms to the shocks.

Keywords: wage setting; price setting; labour costs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D40 J30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-07-26
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