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The remuneration/ price of labor, analogue to profits and rents.

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How does immigration drive marginal productivity in the specific model?

I'm learning about the specific factor model and as part of that, I'm studying the impact of immigration on wages and labour. I was doing an exercise online, with two goods cloth and food, cloth being ...
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Higher wage, lower income - explanation

'The bubonic plague killed about one-third of the population in 14th-century Europe and as a result raised the incomes of peasants but reduced the incomes of land-owners.' is the statement. Now I have ...
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Recommended readings on the determination of bargaining power

An example of a Nash bargain can be found in how the total surplus of employment is shared between the employer and the worker (wage bargaining). Assuming the share of total surplus to be gained by ...
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What (and how) to control for in adjusted wage-gap regressions?

Background: The unconditional wage gap between some group and the rest is often estimated using a regression of the form $$ w_{it} = \alpha + g_{it}'\theta +\epsilon_{it} $$ where $w_{it}$ is log of ...
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Why does the wage-price spiral of inflation exist, why do high wages/high prices not balance out?

Today's NYTimes newsletter wrote the below Consider wages: If people expect high inflation, they will demand higher pay. But to pay higher wages, employers are likely to pass that cost to consumers ...
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Did online learning affect the returns to education?

I am interested to know if online learning during the pandemic affected the returns to university education. Anecdotally, education quality suffered from online learning, I wonder if this harmed ...
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Why is human capital per worker multiplied by wage per worker?

I am studying a paper entitled "The Past and Future of Knowledge-Based Growth" by Strulik et al (2013) where the budget constraint is written as: $$w_{t}h_{t}(1-\tau n_{t})=c_{t}^{1}+s_{t}+...
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How does inflation erode away debt in a practical sense?

Intuitively it makes sense that if inflation is above nominal interest rates, businesses/central banks can erode away their debt. I wanted to understand how it would work practically such as in some ...
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Wages are lower than 30 years ago in Italy, why?

Recently I've seen some statistics about wage growth in the European Union in the last 30 years and surprisingly, Italy is the only country with a negative value. So, what is the root of this problem? ...
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The CORE team's writings about labour productivity, real wages, markup and the price-setting curve

I've been reading the free online economics handbook that's developed as part of the CORE-project (here). The book is a refreshing read, but I'm struggling to follow their discussion of the price ...
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Wages historical data

I would need some free data on both average real and nominal wages growth rates for a panel of 100 countries from post war to current . I have looked at the world Bank, UN and ilo but the series is ...
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Nonlinear Least-Squares Estimation in Practice

I am reading Jeong, Kim, Manovskii 2015 and in the paper they apply "a nonlinear least-squares method" to estimate a log-wage equation, , where $D, \Pi$, all $\lambda$s $\theta$s, and $\...
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Percentage increase of the price of a good if there is a pay raise

I have a question about the percentage increase of the price of a good if there is a pay raise given to the firm's workers. I am reading economics for my own personal interest so I apologise if there ...
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Nash Bargain VS. Rubinstein Game with Outside Option

I am reading a paper, Kessier & Lulfesmann 2006, and find that its main result totally depends on that the model setting is based on a Rubinstein game with outside option rather than a Nash ...
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Literature recommendation

Classic economic theory suggests people earn wages according to their productivity. Over time CEO's, directors, managers and the like seem to earn more relative to the 'normal worker'. Lets call this ...
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I don't know why these two method yield different solutions for marginal product of labour

Given a homogeneous of degree one function $$Y=F(K,N) \\ y=\frac{Y}{N} =F(\frac{K}{N},1):=f(k)$$ I am looking for the partial derivative for $N$ Method 1 $$F_N=\frac{\partial F(K,N)}{\partial N}=\frac{...
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What is the implication of perfectly reversible capital?

I am reading the lecture note in labor economics by Acemoglu and Autor. In the chapter of basic search model, they assume capital is perfectly reversible, and argue that "Perfect reversibility ...
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real or nominal GDP to compare to wage price index?

The recent Australian budget projects trends over the next four years. I'm looking at a summary here. If I want to calculate the share of GDP going to wages, should I compare the percentage changes ...
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Competitive wages under imperfect information

Do competitive wages always have to be defined by marginal productivity? Can we have competitive wages which are not based on productivity, when the information is not perfect? To put it in context, ...
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Derivation of wage rate from nested CES production function

could anyone please help to explain how equation (4) in this paper is derived? I understand that it's an application of first order conditions using the chain rule from equations (1)-(3), but the ...
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What is the term for workers who outputs more than other workers at the same wage thus depressing wage for others? [closed]

What is the specific term for this worker: A worker who outputs more than other workers at the same wage, therefore now the owner doesn't have to pay workers as much since he gets the same total ...
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What are some reasons why CEOs make 200-1000x as much as post PhD researchers?

Even the most monetarily effective Post PhD Researchers make at most a couple of million dollars over the course of their careers, whereas CEOs can earn over 1000x more over the course of theirs even ...
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Can you prove, and with what assumptions, that a market will allocate some minimum amount of basic resources to every worker?

I'm looking for a summary/less technical answer, as I'm not very well versed in the details of economic theory. I'm curious if there is some way to show that under some circumstances in a market ...
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What's the logic behind dividing rental price of capital and wage rate by price level?

I've just started to learn macroeconomics and I think even the teachers can't get what's the price level and why we divide by it in order to find for example real economic profits. Textbook says "...
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Did real incomes drop significantly since the 1950s?

From what I heard, in 1950s America, you didn't have to go to college to support a large family and a stay-at-home wife. People could buy houses easily, drove giant cars and didn't worry about gas ...
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What does Smith mean by "price of work" in this context?

I've read these excerpts from The Wealth of Nations multiple times: In reality high profits tend much more to raise the price of work than high wages In raising the price of commodities the rise of ...
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What does Adam Smith mean when he says wages are determined by: "advancing, stationary, or declining state of the society."

I'm reading the Wealth of Nations. Smith explains in Book One that wages for labor are determined not by how wealthy a nation is but rather by its rate of growth. At the end of chapter seven he ...
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Price Changes in Factor and Product Markets

I think something is wrong in my reasoning, and I can't really find out what it is Lets say the supply of labor decreases in a market. That would mean that the wage rate would increase in that market....
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Real wages fluctuation as per classical economics

I have just started studying Macroeconomics and have noticed that as per the Classical economics, the real wage level will always remain same because any change in price level in the market is ...
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Negative long term effects of wage cap, especially on purpose of money?

It can be figured that a wage cap could have some noticeable short term effects - mainly, those who are higher paid will not receive as much money anymore, meaning less spending by the richest in the ...
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Effects of increased income over short and long run in AD-AS equilibrium model

I've read in a few places that increased income/wages shifts SRAS to the left, which makes sense because firms' costs are increasing to pay for them. My textbook says that there's no effect on ...
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BreakEven/productivity/salary/employees

If employees’ salaries are increased by 20%, what is the increase in productivity required to break even? Can someone assist me in solving this question? Productivity = (output per period)/(number ...
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How much average value does 1 working hour produce? ( are there reliable statistics?)

This is a non-economist's question. As a philosophy teacher ( in a french high school) , I have to study the theme of " labour" in class. I'm looking for factual data in order to assess the ...
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DSGE model with agents that develop their skills

Are there DSGE models with agents with different skill levels (and according wage differences) who can develop or lose their skills and with employees with dynamic/changing skill levels and skill ...
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Comparing cost of living of one state with that of other states [closed]

In the past I read something like this: If basic expenses for family went from 100€ to 200€ but its wage went from 200€ to 400€ it can expend more than before. Weighting the costs of living ...
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The relationship between profit and wages

It seems obvious that an individual company increases their profits when they reduce wages or increase automation or some such. But if wages fell universally because of this, wouldn't that decrease ...
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In this price model, employment grows with higher wages. Makes no sense

Using a Sraffian price model we have that, $p=(1+r)(pA+wl)$ where w (nominal wage rate), r (average profit rate) are scalars; p (market prices), l (labor input coefficients) are vectors; A (producers' ...
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How is real wage growth achieved?

Someone asked a simple question: when wages increase, why don't companies just raise prices such that it cancels out the wage increase? Of course, this isn't what happens in real life since real wage ...
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Why equilibrium efficiency wage maximizes worker effort per dollar wage

In the Keynesian model, to make as much profit as possible, firms will choose the level of the real wage that gets the most effort from workers for each dollar of real wages paid Source: ...
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Economics of disparity in wages and in 'financial quality of life'

I am seeking a quantitavely and logically satisfying answer to the question I will outline below. It could be in a form of a book/article reference and ideally have as little ideological bias as ...
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In a mixed economy like the UK to what extent are wages a function of Government policy?

In a mixed economy like the UK to what extent are wages a function of Government policy? Presumably at the bottom of the pay scale the minimum wage could be said to be a function of Government. And ...
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How is labor demand measured?

For instance, in the introduction of this paper (first paragraph), talking about Figure 1, they say that labor demand is measured as the real wage bill normalized by population. Is it common to ...
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Statistical distribution of wages and wealth

How are wages distributed globally? Wages do not follow a normal distribution, do they? Is wealth distributed in the same way or differently?
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Is there any reliable data on what % of the UK population currently earn less than £17,300 annually?

According to the Living Wage Foundation the "real living wage" in the UK is £9 an hour Which assuming a 37 hour week & rounding to the nearest whole GBP amounts to £17,375 Formula used ((9*37)/...
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Reference request: Gender wage gap / Minority wage gap

Disclaimer: I am neither a social scientist nor an economist. I hope the ESE is the right place to ask this question. Disclaimer 2: I do not intend to spark an ideologically driven discussion here. ...
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What predictions do economic models make for an economy where 50% of the population earn less than the cost of living? [closed]

These are the admittedly somewhat disparate pieces of information gleaned from separate sources that the question arose from. According to The living wage foundation the real cost of living in the UK ...
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Is the mode of wage distribution a meaningful economic indicator?

The Central Statistical Office of Poland publishes a report every two years, in which it diagnoses the labor market. Among other indicators, they publish the mode of the distribution of wages, in ...
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Best financial model to proportionally distribute the company's income to all employees?

I'm planning to start a project of something "innovative". And among some of the parts of the project that I'm thinking about, it's in the term of how money (profits) should be distributed. The truth ...
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CEO Compensation in Banking Data

My main goal is to compare CEO compensation for banks across different countries. Does anybody know where I can find data on CEO compensation for banks for different countries or a paper which ...
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How can the number of hairdressers in the UK be up 50% since 2010?

In this recent article, The Economist argues that one of the reasons behind the anaemic recent wage growth in Britain is that the recent job growth has been concentrated in lower-productivity jobs and ...
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