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dc.contributor.authorLehmann, Hartmuten_US
dc.contributor.authorWadsworth, Jonathanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:20:55Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:20:55Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/21270-
dc.description.abstractThe increase in wage inequality in Russia during its transition process has far exceeded the increase in wage dispersion observed in other European countries undergoing transition. Russia also has an extremely large incidence of wage arrears. We analyse to what extent wage arrears affect the wage distribution and measures of wage inequality in Russia. We present counterfactual distributions, derived from a variety of different methods, which suggest that conventional measures of earnings dispersion would be some 20 to 30 per cent lower in the absence of arrears. We then go on to show how wage gaps at various points in the pay distribution across gender, education, region and industry are influenced by a failure to allow for wage arrears. Using our counterfactual estimates we show, for example, that the median gender wage gap would be around twenty-five points higher than the actual gap that we observe. Similarly, the counterfactual ratio of mean graduate pay to mean pay of those with primary education is around twenty points lower than observed. We show that the parameters of the counterfactual wage distributions are very similar to the parameters of the observed wage distributions of those not in arrears. This means that for those wishing to study aspects of wage differentials and inequality in Russia, it may be feasible to use the subset of those not in arrears and still get close to the true population parameters.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 410en_US
dc.subject.jelJ6en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordWage arrearsen_US
dc.subject.keywordearnings inequalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordcounterfactualsen_US
dc.subject.keywordtransition economiesen_US
dc.subject.stwLohnen_US
dc.subject.stwVerbindlichkeitenen_US
dc.subject.stwZahlungsunfähigkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwLohnstrukturen_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwRusslanden_US
dc.subject.stwLohnrückständeen_US
dc.titleWage Arrears and the Distribution of Earnings in Russiaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn344015645en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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