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The Structure of Wages: An International Comparison

Edward P. Lazear and Kathryn L. Shaw


The distribution of income, the rate of pay raises, and the mobility of employees are crucial to understanding labor economics. Although research abounds on the distribution of wages across individuals in the economy, wage differentials within firms remain a mystery to economists. An effort to examine linked employer–employee data across countries, this book analyzes labor trends and their institutional background in the United States and eight European countries. A team of contributors reveal how a rising wage variance rewards star employees at a higher rate than ever before, how talent becom ... More

Keywords: distribution of income, pay raises, mobility of employees, labor economics, wage differentials, labor trends, wage variance, star employees, talent, firms

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226470504
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward P. Lazear, editor

Kathryn L. Shaw, editor

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2 Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in the United States

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3 Wage and Labor Mobility in Denmark, 1980–2000

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5 Finland

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6 Wage Structure and Firm Productivity in Belgium

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7 Wage Dispersion between and within Plants

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9 Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in Norway, 1980–97

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10 Wage Mobility and Dynamics in Italy in the 1990s

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11 Wage Structure in France, 1977–96

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