Wage Inequalities in East and West

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-18
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book analyzes wage hierarchy in market and planning theory, and how these theories can be used as a basis for the comparison of wage structures in Western and Soviet-type systems. The author analyzes statistical data from ten countries in both systems at the beginning of the eighties, and attempts to account for wage dispersion by examining such factors as education and training, discrimination against women, and market structure, as well as the influence of systemic factors. Professor Redor asserts that systemic differences are not the most significant determinants of wage inequality (the Soviet Union is found to be on a par with the United Kingdom for example), and argues that similarities between the two systems in the dispersion of wages are due to similar patterns of work organization and wage policies within firms, and that many determinants of wage inequality are in fact common to both systems.

Table of Contents

The Analysis of Wage Structures in the Western System and in the Soviet-type System
The wage hierarchy in the market and planning theories
Constructing a comparative model of wage structures
A statistical analysis of the wage dispersion
Analyzing intersector earning differences
Stability and adaptation of wage structures
Why are the Wage Structures in both Systems so Similar
Two different types of wage regulation
The structuring role of sectors and large firms in the two systems
Pay and the division of labour between manual and non-manual workers
The dispersion of disposable incomes of households in the two systems
A tentative synthesis
Statistical sources and bibliography
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