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The Structure of WagesAn International Comparison$
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Edward P. Lazear and Kathryn L. Shaw

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226470504

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226470511.001.0001

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Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in Sweden, 1970–90

Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in Sweden, 1970–90

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(p.419) 12 Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in Sweden, 1970–90
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The Structure of Wages
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Paul Oyer

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470511.003.0013

This chapter presents a few more details on the Swedish labor market, and then conducts formal descriptive analyses to document these changes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The matched employee–employer data is used. The analysis of wage levels and wage changes, as well as the trends in worker mobility are elaborated. The chapter shows that the decrease in wage variation during the 1970s and the increase in the 1980s were due to increased variation of wages within firms and increased variation across firms. In addition, people in the low part of the wage distribution have the least to lose by changing jobs, and this relationship gets stronger all the way to the bottom of the wage distribution within firms. The job turnover and wage compression trends are strong for both blue- and white-collar workers in Sweden.

Keywords:   Swedish labor market, wage changes, worker mobility, firms, wage distribution, job turnover, blue-collar workers, white-collar workers, Sweden

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