Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/95954
Authors: 
Henze, Philipp
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research 204
Abstract: 
This paper measures the impact of sectoral composition, international trade and technological progress on the rising wage gap in Germany. I find a positive effect of the increasing importance of services on the rising wage gap in Germany that is comparable to the effects of international trade and technological change. To quantify the causal relationship between the structural change of the German economy and the wage premium, I use the Establishment History Panel (in German: Betriebs-Historik-Panel - BHP), a detailed establishment-level data set provided by the German Federal Employment Office covering the period 1975-2010. This empirical work puts the focus on an important cause of the rising wage gap that so far has been largely ignored by the literature.
Subjects: 
income inequality
structural change
international trade
technological change
JEL: 
F16
J31
O15
O30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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