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Wage Inequalities in East and West
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  • Page extent: 232 pages
  • Size: 204 x 159 mm
  • Weight: 0.51 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 331.2/947
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: HC79.I5 R3713 1992
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Income distribution
    • Wages--Europe, Eastern
    • Wages--Soviet Union
    • Comparative economics
    • Compensation management

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521395311 | ISBN-10: 0521395313)

DOI: 10.2277/0521395313

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  • Published December 1992

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This 1994 book analyses 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 analyses 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 have been 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 organisation and wage policies within firms, and that many determinants of wage inequality are in fact common to both systems.

• Analysis of wage inequalities in Western and Soviet-type economies, using statistical data drawn from ten countries in both systems • This is a controversial book; the author finds that there is very little difference in the wage structures of the two systems, and that differences in wage inequality are due to the same factors • Will be of interest to economists studying comparative economic systems, labour economists and political scientists studying comparative systems and Soviet and East European studies


Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Analysis of Wage Structures in the Western System and in the Soviet-type System: 1. The wage hierarchy in the market and planning theories; 2. Constructing a comparative model of wage structures; 3. A statistical analysis of the wage dispersion; 4. Analyzing intersector earning differences; 5. Stability and adaptation of wage structures; Part II. Why are the Wage Structures in both Systems so Similar: 6. Two different types of wage regulation; 7. The structuring role of sectors and large firms in the two systems; 8. Pay and the division of labour between manual and non-manual workers; 9. The dispersion of disposable incomes of households in the two systems; 10. A tentative synthesis; Conclusion; Appendix; Glossary; Statistical sources and bibliography; Index.

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