Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in Norway, 1980–97

Arngrim Hunnes, Jarle Møen and Kjell G. Salvanes

in The Structure of Wages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780226470504
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226470511 | DOI:
Wage Structure and Labor Mobility in Norway, 1980–97

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This chapter, which discusses the wage setting and employment protection institutions in Norway, also reports the Norwegian data sets. A large number of stylized facts regarding wage structure and labor mobility within and between Norwegian firms are then dealt with. The chapter covers the period from 1980 to 1997. The firms in the blue-collar data set are a subsample of the firms in the white-collar data set. White-collar wages are more strongly affected by firm heterogeneity, and are also under a more flexible regime in terms of wage setting. For high-level jobs, there is significant positive correlation between wage dispersion and entry. Wage dispersion among blue-collar workers is much smaller than among white-collar workers. Entry and exit rates are much higher for workers in low-level jobs than for workers in high-level jobs.

Keywords: wage structure; labor mobility; employment; Norway; Norwegian firms; wage dispersion; blue-collar workers; white-collar workers

Chapter.  16885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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