Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

The distribution of earnings in OECD countries

Atkinson, Anthony B. (2007) The distribution of earnings in OECD countries. International Labour Review, 146 (1-2). pp. 41-60. ISSN 0020-7780

Full text not available from this repository.
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2007.00004.x


Earnings inequality in the OECD countries is commonly seen to have widened considerably since 1980 - and this is generally explained by the steady increase in relative demand for skilled labour due to skill-biased technical change and the growing exposure of unskilled workers to international competition through globalization. But this single explanation now looks questionable: the increase in inequality has been uneven across countries, and greater earnings dispersion has mostly been occurring at the top of the distribution. This article takes a fresh look at the evidence and considers alternative explanations to supplement that provided by the race between technology and education.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2007 International Labour Organization
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 09:44
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 00:42

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item