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The Mexican Wage Curve 2000-2003: A Quantile Analysis

Hector Gutierrez Rufrancos

Working Paper Series from Department of Economics, University of Sussex Business School

Abstract: This paper exploits the Mexican Encuesta Nacional de Empleo Urbano (ENEU) to determine the existence of the wage curve|an empirical phenomena rst suggested by Blanch ower and Oswald (1990)|during the period 2000{2003. We propose an innovative approach to the wage curve by estimating the elasticity across the wage dis- tribution. This is applied to the Mexican experience during the early 2000s recession. The evidence indicates that for Mexico during this period there is no wage curve, and that wages are positively a ected by local levels of unemployment. This lends credi- bility to the Harris and Todaro (1970) view which suggests that there is segmentation in the labour market with residual unemployment. We argue that perhaps the power of unions may account for our fndings.

Keywords: Wage curve; unemployment; Formal/Informal Employment; Urban labour markets; Mexico (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 J30 J60 O17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-iue, nep-lab and nep-lma
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