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Real wage cyclicality of newly hired workers

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"Several recent macroeconomic models rely on rigid wages. Especially wage rigidity of newly hired workers seems to play a crucial rote, since the decision of opening a vacancy or not is mainly influenced by their real wages. However, so far little empirical evidence exists on how real wages of newly hired workers react to business cycle conditions. This paper aims at filling this gap for a large economy, namely Germany, by analyzing the cyclical behavior of real wages of newly hired workers while controlling for 'cyclical up- and downgrading' in employer/employee matches. For the analysis two endogenous variables are used: either the 'typical' (e.g. modal) real wages paid to entrants into particular jobs of particular firms or entrants' individual real wages. The results show that entry-wages are not rigid, but considerably respond to business cycle conditions. This finding strengthens Pissarides' (2009) dismissal of theories based on cyclically rigid hiring wages. Furthermore, I show that the procyclicality of the employment/population ratio is (nearly) identical to the procyclicality of real entry-wages." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Stüber, Heiko (2013): Real wage cyclicality of newly hired workers. (FZID discussion papers, 2013/62), Hohenheim, 33 S.
 

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