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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

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Abstract

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: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0020-7780
Additional Information: © 2007 International Labour Organization
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 09:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33653/

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