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"Real hourly wages: low-paid workers are not being left behind": eight questions for Alexander S. Kritikos

Interview of May 24, 2017

Mr. Kritikos, you’ve investigated the development of gross hourly wages in Germany. How have these wages developed since Germany’s reunification?

Immediately after reunification, there were substantial hourly wage increases, up through 1997 or 1998. After that, growth was minimal through 2004, followed by wage losses until 2010. Since 2010, after the financial crisis, wages started picking up momentum again. [...]