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Real Wages And The Business Cycle: Accounting For Worker And Firm Heterogeneity

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Using a longitudinal matched employer-employee data set for Portugal over the 1986-2005 period, this paper analyzes the heterogeneity in wages responses to aggregate labor market conditions for newly hired workers and existing workers. Accounting for both worker and firm heterogeneity, the data support the hypothesis that entry wages are much more pro-cyclical than current wages. A one-point increase in the unemployment rate decreases wages of newly hired male workers by around 2.8% and by just 1.4% for workers in continuing jobs.

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