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The changing distribution of earnings in Ireland, 1937 to 1968

Atkinson, Anthony B. and Nolan, Brian (2010) The changing distribution of earnings in Ireland, 1937 to 1968. Economic History Review, 63 (2). pp. 479-499. ISSN 0013-0117

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2009.00498.x


Data from the Irish Census of Industrial Production are used to illuminate changes in the distribution of earnings from 1937 to 1968, an important period in Irish economic history, relevant to debates about globalization and inequality. Between the late 1930s and mid-1950s there was a greater compression of earnings than in the US's ‘great compression’ of the same period. Sectoral data suggest that this occurred quite generally. The degree of integration with the British labour market is key, and the impact of out-migration, wage controls during the Second World War, and industrial protection all merit in-depth investigation.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Economic History Society
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N34 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Europe: 1913-
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 16:23
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:41

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