Poorer Workers: the Determinants of Wage Formation in Europe

International Review of Applied Economics (2009) ,Volume 23 ,Pages 327-343


Using industry level data for eight European countries, we present empirical evidence of poor wage performance in the two decades straddling the millennium. There was a real wage decline in many sectors and we examine its inequality-enhancing effect. A theoretical framework is proposed and assessed in order to understand this evolution of wages, identifying their main determinants. We investigate the role played by different types of innovation, increasing international openness, demand, norms limiting competition and employment change. The results are consistent with our thesis that technology and globalization shape the bargaining power of workers; increasing wages are found in industries characterized by product innovation, while process innovation and greater international openness are associated to a reduction of real wages.

+ Publications

An algorithmic approach for simulating realistic irregular lattices

In this paper, we propose an algorithm, RI-Maps, that combines fractal theory, stochastic calculus and computational geometry for simulating realistic irregular lattices with a predefined number of polygons.

Learning outcomes and dropout intentions: An analytical model for Spanish universities

The dropout rate among Spanish university students is very high compared to the European mean, creating a pressing need for the introduction of policies and programmes aimed at increasing rates of persistence.

Propuesta metodologica para la desagregación espacio-temporal de los indicadores de demografía empresarial

Propuesta metodologica para la desagregación espacio-temporal de los indicadores de demografía empresarial

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+ Software and tools

spatially constrained clustering algorithms

Python library with spatially constrained clustering algorithms

Economic multipliers for Colombia

Interactive tool for visualizing the interindustry dynamics in Colombian economy.

Spatial deagregation of multipliers

Interactive tool for visualizing the spatial distribution of economic impacts in Colombian metropolitan areas.

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+ News

RiSE participates in the UN-Habitat Council (Kenya)

RiSE-group was invited to the workshop "The Role of Cities In Creating Improved Economic Opportunities" in the UN-Habitat Governing Council... here are some pictures of the event, Link

The student Oswaldo Zapata awarded

The student of the Master in Economics from the University EAFIT, Oswaldo Zapata, was one of the awarded students by the Government of Antioquia

Noreña's undergraduate thesis published in international book

The thesis of economics student, Miguel Norena, has been published in the book Defining the Regional Spatial Scale in Modern Analysis.

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