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Wage dispersion in Germany and the US: is there compression from below?

Möller, Joachim (2008) Wage dispersion in Germany and the US: is there compression from below? International Economics and Economic Policy 5 (4), pp. 345-361.

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Compression from below is a common diagnosis for the German compared to the U.S. wage distribution. We develop alternative hypotheses in order to identify the so-called accordion effect, i.e. reduced inter-quantile distances below the median especially for low skilled and other ill-paid groups. Using large micro data sources we find evidence of an accordion effect at the low end of the ...


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Item type:Article
Date:December 2008
Institutions:Business, Economics and Information Systems > Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre und Ökonometrie
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J 31Journal of Economics Literature Classification
Keywords:Wage distribution - wage compression - accordion effect - micro data - international comparisons - inter-quantile distances - wage flexibility
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Refereed:Yes, this version has been refereed
Created at the University of Regensburg:Yes
Item ID:9998
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