Discussion Papers, Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in Norway 1980–1997
(), Jarle Møen
() and Kjell G. Salvanes
Abstract: To what extent do different firms follow different wage
policies? How do such policies affect worker mobility between firms, and
what are the effects of different wage bargaining regimes? The empirical
branch of personnel economics has long been hampered by a lack of
representative data sets. Norway is one of a handful of countries that has
produced rich linked employer–employee data suitable for such analysis.
This paper has three parts. First, we describe the wage setting and
employment protection institutions in Norway. Next, we describe the
Norwegian data sets. Finally, we document a large number of stylized facts
regarding wage structure and labor mobility within and between Norwegian
firms. Our main data set covers white-collar workers in the manufacturing
and private sectors for the period 1980–1997. We also have blue-collar data
for the 1986–1997 period covering the core of the manufacturing sector.
Information about occupations, monthly wages, hours worked and bonuses is
available, as well as various worker and firm characteristics.
Keywords: Wage Structure; Labor Mobility; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J31; (follow links to similar papers)
52 pages, September 12, 2005
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