Netherlands : Selected Background Issues

This paper analyzes whether the lower increase in wages was a factor in the labor productivity and employment developments in the Netherlands. It argues that there is indeed such a link: rapid wage growth leads to a substitution of capital for labor, and hence to less labor-intensive production; slo...

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Corporate Author: International Monetary Fund
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. International Monetary Fund 1995, 1995
Series:IMF Staff Country Reports; Country Report
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520 |a This paper analyzes whether the lower increase in wages was a factor in the labor productivity and employment developments in the Netherlands. It argues that there is indeed such a link: rapid wage growth leads to a substitution of capital for labor, and hence to less labor-intensive production; slow wage growth leads to less rapid growth of labor productivity and, for the same output growth, results in a better employment performance. The paper also discusses the causes of the lower wage growth in the Netherlands