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Does Egalitarian Wage Policy Cause Wage Drift?: An Empirical Study of Sweden 1960-1979
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Bank of Sweden.
1982 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper tests the hypothesis that egalitarian wage policy in Sweden has constituted an independent inflationary disturbance, in the sense that the magnitude of low-wage adjustments in the centrally negotiated wage agreements is positively related to the overall level of wage drift. A measure of negotiated relative wage increases for a low-wage group is constructed and introduced in a Phillips curve type model to explain Swedish wage drift 1960-1979. A significant but small effect of the low-wage adjustments on wage drift can be observed. The effect of egalitarian wage policy on labor market disequilibrium is also tested, but no such effects can de discerned.

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Stockholm: IIES , 1982. , 52 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University, ISSN 0347-8769 ; 203
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41432OAI: diva2:330303
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