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Wage Inequalities in East and West - Dominique Redor

Wage Inequalities in East and West

Hardcover Published: 29th January 1993
ISBN: 9780521395311
Number Of Pages: 232

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This book analyses wage hierarchy in market and planning theory, and how these theories can be used as a basis for the comparison of wage structures in Western and Soviet-type systems. The author analyses statistical data from ten countries in both systems at the begininning of the eighties, and attempts to account for wage dispersion by examining such factors as education and training, discrimination against women, and market structure, as well as the influence of systemic factors. Professor Redor asserts that systemic differences are not the most significant determinants of wage inequality (the Soviet Union is found to have been on a par with the United Kingdom for example), and argues that similarities between the two systems in the dispersion of wages are due to similar patterns of work organisation and wage policies within firms, and that many determinants of wage inequality are in fact common to both systems.

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"...an important book...well argued and useful...I would highly recommend the empirical part of the book. Despite the disappearance of socialism, the empirical part has not lost its relevance simply because wage structure is a sluggish series that changes slowly. Redor's results will therefore remain useful for a number of years to come." Branko Milanovic, Journal of Comparative Economics

Introductionp. 1
The analysis of wage structures in the Western system and in the Soviet-type systemp. 11
The wage hierarchy in the market and planning theoriesp. 13
The wage hierarchy in the market theoryp. 13
The wage hierarchy in planning theoryp. 17
A comparison of the wage hierarchy in the market and planning theoriesp. 23
Constructing a compartive model of wage structuresp. 26
Wage disparities in the market and planning theoriesp. 26
Wage dispersion and the economic systemp. 33
A unified method of analysis for the two systemsp. 38
A statistical analysis of wage dispersionp. 41
A study of the statistical distributions of wages in the two systemsp. 41
Evaluating the earnings dispersionp. 52
Factors affecting earnings dispersionp. 61
Analyzing intersector earnings differencesp. 74
Specifying a model for analyzing and researching explanatory factorsp. 74
National models of differentiation of sector earningsp. 78
A comparison between the sector structure of earnings in the two systemsp. 85
Stability and adaption of wage structuresp. 90
What the statistical analysis of the wage structure teachesp. 90
The dynamics of the wage structuresp. 95
Why are the wage structures in both systems so similar?p. 105
Two different types of wage regulationp. 107
The determining of the short-term wage rate in the two systemsp. 108
Mixed regulation and administrative regulation of wagesp. 117
The institutional approach to mixed regulation and administrative regulation of wagesp. 129
The structuring role of sectors and large firms in the two systemsp. 137
The segmentation of the labor market in the two systemsp. 137
Managing wages in firms in the two systemsp. 145
Monopolies and oligopolies in mixed regulation and administrative regulation of wagesp. 151
Pay and the division of labor between manual and non-manual workersp. 157
Forms and dispersion of workers' payp. 159
Manual workers' and non-manual workers' wagesp. 163
The dispersion of disposable income of households in the two systemsp. 169
Pay from secondary activities and benefits in kindp. 170
The disperison of disposable incomep. 175
A tentative synthesisp. 183
Wage isomorphisms and the labor force in both systemsp. 183
Systemic effect and societal effectp. 189
Conclusionp. 195
Appendixp. 201
Glossary of principal terms used on the subject of wage inequalitiesp. 204
Statistical sources and bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780521395311
ISBN-10: 0521395313
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 29th January 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.51

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