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A Comparative Analysis of East and West German Labor Markets: Before and After Unification

Alan Krueger and Jorn-Steffen Pischke

No 4154, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: In 1988, the wage distribution in East Germany was much more compressed than in West Germany or the U.S. Since the collapse of Communism and unification with West Germany, however, the wage structure in eastern Germany has changed considerably. In particular, wage variation has increased, the payoff to education has decreased somewhat, industry differentials have expanded, and the white collar premium has increased. Although average wage growth has been remarkably high in eastern Germany, individual variation in wage growth is similar to typical western levels. The wage structure of former East Germans who work in western Germany resembles the wage structure of native West Germans in some respects, but their experience-earnings profile is flat.

Date: 1992-08
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Published as Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, ed. L. Katz and R. Freeman, University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Published as A Comparative Analysis of East and West German Labor Markets: Before and After Unification , Alan B. Krueger, Jorn-Steffen Pischke. in Differences and Changes in Wage Structures , Freeman and Katz. 1995

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