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Regional Wages, Economic Restructuring and the Solidaristic Wage Policy in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3427-5515
2017 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

The solidaristic wage policy in Sweden, negotiated by peak organizations on the labor market between 1956 and 1983, has been associated with a decrease in wage differences across regions, leading to the interregional migration flows that culminated during the 1960s. While the effects of the solidaristic wage policy have been widely discussed, there is little evidence on the actual evolution of regional wages and its effect on economic restructuring, especially before the 1970s. Using new regional wage data, I examine the evolution of wage dispersion and analyze the changes using a regression-decomposition framework. The results show that wage inequality was stable before 1968, then it rapidly declined. According to the decomposition, this decline was also likely the result of deliberate union policy. However, the wage policy cannot explain the height of regional restructuring in the 1960s since it is unlikely to have affected the wage structure at the time.

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2017.
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Economic History
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-324440OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-324440DiVA: diva2:1110072
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The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, P2013-0274:1
Available from: 2017-06-15 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2017-06-15
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