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Table 7 Percentiles of the Wage Distribution and Changes, 1998 and 2010, by Skill Level

From: The evolution of job stability and wages after the implementation of the Hartz reformsDie Entwicklung von Beschäftigungsstabilität und Löhnen seit Einführung der Hartz-Reformen

West Germany
Percentiles 1998 2010
25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile 25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile
Unskilled 3.69 3.98 4.26 3.51 3.75 4.08
Skilled 3.98 4.26 4.50 3.76 4.10 4.40
Highly Skilled 4.49 4.79 1 4.23 4.63 4.99
Differences (log points) 1998 2010 2010–1998 2010–1998
50th–25th percentile 75th–50th percentile 50th–25th percentile 75th–50th percentile 50th–25th percentile 75th–50th percentile
Unskilled 0.29 0.28 0.24 0.33 −0.06 0.05
Skilled 0.28 0.24 0.34 0.29 0.06 0.05
Highly Skilled 0.30 1 0.40 0.36 0.10 a
  1. aNo entry because of high proportion of censored wages. The proportion of highly skilled workers in new jobs with earnings above the social security threshold is 29 % in 1998 and 17 % in 2010
  2. Source: IEB, own calculations