2009 RevisitingtheGermanWageStructur

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Subject Headings: Middle-Skill Worker, Wage Inequality, German Labor Market.


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inequality, polarization, institutions


This paper shows that wage inequality in West Germany has increased over the past three decades, contrary to common perceptions. During the 1980s, the increase was concentrated at the top of the distribution; in the 1990s, it occurred at the bottom end as well. Our findings are consistent with the view that both in Germany and in the United States, technological change is responsible for the widening of the wage distribution at the top. At the bottom of the wage distribution, the increase in inequality is better explained by episodic events, such as supply shocks and changes in labor market institutions. These events happened a decade later in Germany than in the United States.




 AuthorvolumeDate ValuetitletypejournaltitleUrldoinoteyear
2009 RevisitingtheGermanWageStructurChristian Dustmann
Johannes Ludsteck
Uta Schönberg
Revisiting the German Wage Structure10.1162/qjec.2009.124.2.8432009
AuthorChristian Dustmann +, Johannes Ludsteck + and Uta Schönberg +
doi10.1162/qjec.2009.124.2.843 +
titleRevisiting the German Wage Structure +
year2009 +