Skills, Wages and Employment in East and West Germany

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    Disaggregated data from 28 two-digit manufacturing industries in the east and west parts of unified Germany are used to estimate employment for three skill categories of blue collar workers. Employment elasticities are uniformly higher for unskilled labour. The results contradict union claims that wages had little relevance for east German job losses, and confirm the capital skill complementarity hypothesis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)459-67
    Number of pages9
    JournalRegional Studies
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998


    • labour demand
    • wage differentials
    • panel data


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