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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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Firm Factors in Wages and Wage Changes

(p.149) 5 Finland
The Structure of Wages

Roope Uusitalo

Juhana Vartiainen

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reports an econometric analysis of the wage structure in Finnish manufacturing industries. It attempts to illustrate how the last ten years have meant a gradual increase in the importance of firm-specific factors in pay determination. The Finnish wage bargaining system aims to control the average rate of wage growth while leaving relative wages to decentralized, plant-level, or individual decision making. The average wage of the lowest decile is about 57 to 59 percent of the mean wage in Finland, a couple of percentage points lower than in Sweden. The Finnish wage-setting institutions lead to fairly uniform wage increases. Those who change occupation or employer are exposed to higher variation of earnings growth. Wage setting is becoming a bit more firm specific, while centralized agreements on pay increases continue to be the main force that impacts the growth in average pay.

Keywords:   wage structure, Finnish manufacturing industries, econometric analysis, wage bargaining system, Finland, occupation, earnings growth

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