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Eastern Germany and the conflict between wage adjustment, investment, and employment: A numerical analysis

Research paper by Christian Thimann, Michael H. Breitner

Indexed on: 01 Sep '95Published on: 01 Sep '95Published in: Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv



Abstract

Eastern Germany and the Conflict between Wage Adjustment, Investment, and Employment: A Numerical Analysis. — In this paper, some light is shed on the dynamics of the adjustment process in eastern Germany by studying the linkages between the dynamics of wage adjustment, investment, and employment. An extended dynamic investment model, which includes adjustment costs for capital and revision costs for investment, is presented. This model is specified according to the east German economy and analyzed numerically by an optimization method based on direct collocation. Results are obtained for the time horizon of adjustment and for the implications of different wage strategies on the path of investment and employment.