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Real wages, productivity and unemployment in Britain and Germany during the 1920's

Ritschl, Albrecht and Broadberry, Stephen (1995) Real wages, productivity and unemployment in Britain and Germany during the 1920's. Explorations in Economic History, 32 . pp. 327-349. ISSN 0014-4983

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Abstract

This paper links together separate national debates on the role of real wages in high unemployment in Britain and Germany during the 1920′s. Real wage growth outstripped labor productivity growth in both countries during the 1920′s, raising the natural rate of unemployment. Econometric labor demand functions are used to provide the link between high real wages and unemployment. In addition, excessive real wage growth had adverse effects on investment. This helps to explain the failure of Britain and Germany to benefit from the catch-up possibilities opened up by rapid U.S. productivity growth.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00144...
Additional Information: © 1995 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2009 15:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25958/

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