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Firm Wage Differentiation in Eastern Germany: A Non-parametric Analysis of the Wage Spread

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Bernd Görzig, Martin Gornig, Axel Werwatz

In: Economics of Transition 16 (2008), 2, S. 273-292


In Eastern Germany, wage differentiation between firms has clearly grown, parallel to individual wage differentials. Nevertheless, the wage spread between firms is still much less than in Western Germany. In this paper, a non-parametric decomposition is used to analyze the difference between the wages spread in the two parts of Germany. Only part of the difference can be explained by different economic structures in Eastern Germany. By far, the greater part of the difference in the wage spread between firms in the two parts of the country is due to the fact that differences in wages paid by firms of the same type in Eastern Germany are much less than those of their counterparts in Western Germany. A striking result of the analysis is that the gap in the wage variance between Eastern and Western Germany is increasing.

Martin Gornig

Research Director in the Firms and Markets Department