Evolving Wage Cyclicality in Latin America

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Available from: 
March 2017
Paper author(s): 
Luca Gambetti
Julián Messina
Topic: 
Labor
Year: 
2017

Examines the evolution of the cyclicality of real wages and employment in four Latin American economies: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, during the period 1980-2010. Wages are highly pro-cyclical during the 1980s and early 1990s, a period characterized by high inflation. As inflation declined wages became less pro-cyclical, a feature that is consistent with emerging downward wage rigidities in a low inflation environment. Compositional effects associated with changes in labor participation along the business cycle appear to matter less for estimates of wage cyclicality than in developed economies.

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