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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Niels C. Westergaard-Nielsen

E-Mail: NWN.INT@CBS.DK

NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2009Productivity Differences in an International Pharmaceutical Firm
with Tor Eriksson
in International Differences in the Business Practices and Productivity of Firms, Richard B. Freeman and Kathryn L. Shaw, editors
January 2009Wage and Labor Mobility in Denmark, 1980-2000
with Tor Eriksson
in The Structure of Wages: An International Comparison, Edward P. Lazear and Kathryn L. Shaw, editors
April 2007Wage and Labor Mobility in Denmark, 1980-2000
with Tor Eriksson: w13064
This paper consists of three parts. First, we briefly describe some key features of the labor market in Denmark, some of which contribute to the Danish labor markets behaving quite differently from those in many other European countries. The next two parts exploit detailed linked employer-employee data. In the second part we document in some detail an important aspect of the functioning and flexibility of the labor markets in Denmark: the high level of worker mobility. We show that mobility is about as high, or even higher, as in the highly fluid U.S. labor market. Finally, we describe and examine the wage structure between and within firms and changes therein since 1980, especially with an eye on possible impacts of the trend towards a more decentralized wage determination. The shift towa...

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