Survey on Wage and Price Formation of Czech Firms
Using an ad-hoc survey at the firm level, we investigate the determinants of wage and price-setting practices in Czech firms, the presence and sources of wage rigidity, and reactions of firms to hypothetical shocks. Although the evidence of downward wage rigidity is not widespread, we find particular relevance of efficiency wage models for wage rigidity, while implicit contract theory is relevant in firms employing mainly high-skilled labour. The survey further suggests that prices are less rigid than wages, while the link between wage and price changes is weak. As a response to unanticipated shocks such as a demand drop, an increase in the cost of an intermediate input or a wage increase, firms mainly reduce costs by reducing non-labour costs and temporary employment.
JEL Codes: C83, J31, J41, L11.
Keywords: Downward wage rigidity, price setting, survey data, wage setting.
Issued: December 2008
Download: CNB WP No. 12/2008 (pdf, 366 kB)