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How Late to Pay? Understanding Wage Arrears in Russia

Citation

Earle, John S. & Sabirianova, Klara Z. (2002). How Late to Pay? Understanding Wage Arrears in Russia. Journal of Labor Economics, 20(3), 661-707.

Abstract

We organize an empirical analysis of Russian wage arrears around hypotheses concerning incentives for firms to pay late and for workers to tolerate late payment. Nationally representative household panel data matched with employer data show that arrears are positively related to firm age, size, state ownership, and declining performance. Constrained multinomial logit estimates reveal intrafirm variation related to job tenure and small shareholdings in the firm. Wage arrears, unlike wage cuts, have a theoretically ambiguous effect on workers' quit behavior, and we show empirically that the effect varies negatively with the extent of the practice in the local labor market.

URL

http://www.jstor.org/stable/3653476

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Labor Economics

Author(s)

Earle, John S.
Sabirianova, Klara Z.

Year Published

2002

Volume Number

20

Issue Number

3

Pages

661-707

Reference ID

4668