The authors’ affiliations are, respectively, Institut für Quantitative Wirtschaftsforschung, Universität Hannover, Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany; Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Regensburger Str. 104, 90478 Nürnberg. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We are grateful to David Levine, Torben Schewe, and three anonymous referees for very helpful hints, and to Bernd Höptner, Uwe Rode, and Dietrich Schwinger from the Lower Saxonian Statistical Office for their help in working with the Lower Saxonian Salary and Wages Structure Survey.
Pay Policies of Firms and Collective Wage Contracts—An Uneasy Partnership?
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2005
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 47–67, January 2006
How to Cite
GERLACH, K. and STEPHAN, G. (2006), Pay Policies of Firms and Collective Wage Contracts—An Uneasy Partnership?. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 45: 47–67. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2006.00413.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2005
Theoretical considerations suggest that firms establish consistent internal wage structures and pay wage premiums of similar size across occupational groups. Strong evidence for the existence of coherent employer pay policies across occupations is found using a German employer–employee data set. However, firm-specific elements of wage policies are less prevalent in firms applying industry-level collective contracts than in firms with individual-level wage contracts.