Revisiting the German Wage Structure

  title={Revisiting the German Wage Structure},
  author={C. Dustmann and Johannes Ludsteck and Uta Sch{\"o}nberg},
  journal={Labor: Personnel Economics},
This paper shows that wage inequality in West Germany has increased over the past three decades, contrary to common perceptions. During the 1980s, the increase was concentrated at the top of the distribution; in the 1990s, it occurred at the bottom end as well. Our findings are consistent with the view that both in Germany and in the United States, technological change is responsible for the widening of the wage distribution at the top. At the bottom of the wage distribution, the increase in… Expand
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