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Lohnungleichheit: Gibt es eine Trendwende?



"Using a large panel microdata set for the time period 1992 to 2014, the paper analyzes the long-run trends in German wage inequality for full-time workers. The approach differentiates by gender and region. The analysis confirms the result of other studies that show a sharp increase in wage inequality in Germany since the mid-1990s until 2010. The increase can only partly be explained by rising skill differentials. The lion's share is neither attributable to price effects nor to changes in the composition of the workforce. As an interesting phenomenon the rise in the inequality indicators did not continue after the years 2010. The pattern is similar for male and female workers as well as for the eastern and western part of the country. In some subsamples we even find a marked decline. This is especially true for females. Hence there are some indications for a hiatus or even a trend reversal. At the time being it is still unclear whether the phenomenon is caused by sectoral minimum wages, a more egalitarian stance of wage policy, technological or structural developments favoring the low skilled or by other causes." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Möller, Joachim (2016): German wage inequality: Is there a trend reversal? (IAB-Discussion Paper, 09/2016), Nürnberg, 17 p.