Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123113
Authors: 
Kluge, Jan
Weber, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Ifo Working Paper 205
Abstract: 
We demonstrate that almost one half of the observed wage gap between East and WestGermany reflects differences in worker, establishment, and regional characteristicsrather than differences in productivity at the establishment level. Regional price andestablishment size differentials alone account for one quarter of the overall East-Westwage gap. Differences in employees’ characteristics and in productivity deliver muchsmaller but still statistically significant contributions. We derive these results from anOaxaca-Blinder decomposition using unusually rich linked employer-employee data.Our findings are quite stable over the period from 1996 to 2010 and over the wagedistribution.
Subjects: 
Wage gap
decomposition
German reunification
JEL: 
J31
P25
R11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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