Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/75951
Authors: 
Agell, Jonas
Bennmarker, Helge
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 751
Abstract: 
We report the results from a representative survey of human resource managers in 885 Swedish firms. We estimate that during the severe recession of the 1990s, only 1.1 percent of workers took a cut in regular nominal pay. We trace the lack of wage moderation to a combination of exogenous (primarily labor law and collective bargaining contracts) and endogenous factors. Our analysis suggests that (i) endogenous wage rigidity plays an important role in most segments of the labor market, (ii) sources of endogenous wage rigidity differ significantly between the high- and low-end of the labor market, and between large and small firms, and (iii) mechanisms of wage rigidity tend to complement each other. Some of our questions deal with issues in the economics of personnel. We report evidence that job protection tends to reinforce the stigma from long-term unemployment, and that labor market training tends to reduce the same stigma. We show that managers in small organizations have a more negative attitude towards incentive schemes based on relative rewards, and we report evidence suggesting that gender have an impact on attitudes concerning effort and motivation.
Subjects: 
wage rigidity
survey evidence
effort models
motivation
labor law
long-term unemployment
gender and pay.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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