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It’s where you work: increases in earnings dispersion across establishments and individuals in the US

Barth, Erling, Bryson, Alex, Davis, James C. and Freeman, Richard (2014) It’s where you work: increases in earnings dispersion across establishments and individuals in the US. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1311). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper links data on establishments and individuals to analyze the role of establishments in the increase in inequality that has become a central topic in economic analysis and policy debate. It decomposes changes in the variance of ln earnings among individuals into the part due to changes in earnings among establishments and the part due to changes in earnings within-establishments and finds that much of the 1970s-2010s increase in earnings inequality results from increased dispersion of the earnings among the establishments where individuals work. It also shows that the divergence of establishment earnings occurred within and across industries and was associated with increased variance of revenues per worker. Our results direct attention to the fundamental role of establishment-level pay setting and economic adjustments in earnings inequality.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 16:46
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 04:46
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60604

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