Germany -East-West wage gap vanishes at collective bargaining level -September 24, 2015

The collective bargaining archive of the WSI documents with regular publications the development of wages and bargaining outcomes. Data on the integration of the former East German states in the collective bargaining system reveal that at the level of the negotiated wages the wage gap has almost disappeared, 25 years after the German unification. On average, the negotiated wages are still 3% lower, but in several sectors, the differences in wage level have disappeared. If the companies that not covered by bargaining results are included and the real wages are calculated, than the gap is substantially higher (17%).


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