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Market imperfections, labor-management and earnings differentials in a developing economy: theory and evidence from Yugoslavia

Estrin, Saul, Svejnar, J and Moore, R (1988) Market imperfections, labor-management and earnings differentials in a developing economy: theory and evidence from Yugoslavia. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 103 (3). pp. 465-479. ISSN 0033-5533

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Abstract

In this paper we evaluate empirically the relative importance of two explanations of Yugoslav interindustry income differentials. One explanation, proposed initially by Vanek and Jovicic [1975], stresses capital market imperfections which permit capital rents to be appropriated as workers' incomes. The second explanation points to labor allocation problems under self-management. We first present a critique of the Vanek-Jovicic original formulation and then respecify the problem to permit simultaneous evaluation of the two schools of thought. Results based on two data sets suggest that labor allocation factors and monopoly power rather than capital rents are the main source of Yugoslav earnings dispersion.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://qje.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 1988 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General
P - Economic Systems > P2 - Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies > P20 - General
Sets: Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008 14:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20502/

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