The East German wage curve 1993-1998

Badi H. Baltagi, Uwe Blien, Katja Wolf

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This paper examines the East German wage curve using the employment statistics of the Federal Employment Services of Germany (Bundesanstalt für Arbeit) over the period 1993-1998. The six waves of this panel include a total of 32,188,684 individual employment spells. The statistics comprise the entire population of people gainfully employed and included in the social insurance system. These are classified into 114 administrative districts (Landkreise). Taking into account the endogeneity of unemployment as well as controlling for region and time effects, this paper finds support for the wage curve in East Germany. The overall unemployment elasticity estimate is -0.15 and is higher for female workers than male workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • C23
  • Fixed effects
  • J30
  • J60
  • Panel data
  • Unemployment
  • Wage curve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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