Study on various aspects of earnings distribution using micro-data from the European Union Structure of Earnings Survey

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


This study contributed to a better understanding of the question as to what extent employment contract types, gender and skills affect the structure of earnings across industries and EU Member States. The study covered the 27 Member States, EEA countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), Accession, candidate and pre-candidate countries (Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey) for which data are available and highlight similarities and differences between them, as well as developments at the level of the European Union. To address this question, use has been made of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 release of the SES anonymized micro-data.


June 2013 - January 2014

wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Neil Foster-McGregor, Veronika Janyrova, Sebastian Leitner, Johannes Pöschl

Countries covered: EU-27, SEE

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution