The own-wage elasticity of labor demand: a meta-regression analysis


Lichter, Andreas ; Peichl, Andreas ; Siegloch, Sebastian


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URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/36120
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-361205
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 14-016
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > VWL, Wirtschaftspolitik u. Politische Ökonomie (Juniorprofessur) (Siegloch 2014-2018)
Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: J23 , C10 , C83,
Keywords (English): Labor demand , wage elasticity , meta-analysis
Abstract: Firms' labor demand responses to wage changes are of key interest in empirical research and policy analysis. However, despite extensive research, estimates of labor demand elasticities remain subject to considerable heterogeneity. In this paper, we conduct a comprehensive meta-regression analysis to re-assess the empirical literature on labor demand elasticities. Building on 942 elasticity estimates from 105 different studies, we identify sources of variation in the absolute value of this elasticity. Heterogeneity due to the theoretical and empirical specification of the labor demand model, different datasets used or sectors and countries considered explains more than 80% of the variation in the estimates. We further find substantial evidence for the presence of publication selection bias, as estimates of the own-wage elasticity of labor demand are upwardly inflated.

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Lichter, Andreas ; Peichl, Andreas ; Siegloch, Sebastian (2014) The own-wage elasticity of labor demand: a meta-regression analysis. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 14-016 [Working paper]
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