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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 Dispersion between and within Plants

Wage Dispersion between and within Plants

Sweden 1985–2000

(p.217) 7 Wage Dispersion between and within Plants
The Structure of Wages

Oskar Nordström Skans

Per-Anders Edin

Bertil Holmlund

University of Chicago Press

This chapter outlines the Swedish labor market institutions, the turbulent macroeconomic events of the 1990s, and the evolution of labor mobility and fixed-term contracts as a background to the later analysis of wages and mobility. It also reports detailed descriptive evidence of wages, wage changes, and mobility at the plant level in the Swedish private corporate sector for the years 1986, 1990, 1995, and 2000. The evolution of the wage structure is then covered. The data show that although the rate of real wage changes increasingly varies between plants, the variation of wage changes has remained stable within plants. The wage dispersion has increased quite consistently for the corporate sector and for the private corporate sector, where the dispersion has been relatively stable. Wages and productivity at the plant level are strongly positively correlated, both in levels and changes.

Keywords:   labor mobility, wage structure, wage dispersion, labor market institutions, plant level, Swedish corporate sector

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