RDP 9404: Wage Dispersion and Labour Market Institutions: A Cross Country Study Appendix 2: Data Sources

The sectoral data used in the analysis was taken from the OECD's “National Accounts”, Vol. 2, on magnetic tape. Data from tables 1, 12, 13 and 15 were employed. Unemployment data were obtained from the OECD Economic Outlook, no. 52.

The disaggregated sectors are as follows:

1. Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing
2. Mining and quarrying
3. Manufacturing
4. Electricity, gas and water
5. Construction
6. Wholesale and retail trade, restaurants and hotels
7. Transport, storage and communication
8. Finance, insurance, real estate and business services
9. Community, social and personnel services
10. Producers of government services

Sectors 8, 9 and 10 were excluded from the correlation and regression analysis. The real output data for these sectors are generally constructed using an assumption of no employment productivity growth, and were thus unsuitable for this part of the analysis.

In some cases, certain sectors were amalgamated or omitted to gain consistency among the wages, employment and output data. These changes are as follows:

Australia no changes
Belgium sector two omitted, sectors six and seven amalgamated
Denmark no changes
Finland no changes
France sectors eight and nine amalgamated
Germany sectors eight and nine amalgamated
Iceland sector two omitted
Italy sector two included in sector three, sectors eight and nine amalgamated
Japan no changes
Luxembourg sectors eight and nine amalgamated
Norway no changes
Sweden no changes
United Kingdom no changes (no real output data available)
United States no changes