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Changes In Wage Inequality In France: The Impact Of Composition Effects (in French)

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  • Verdugo, G.
  • Fraisse, H.
  • Horny, G.

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This paper investigates the recent changes in the French wage structure from 1990 to 2008. To do so, we disentangle the impact of changes in employment probability, changes in the levels of education and experience and changes in the price of labor. Unlike other developped countries, we find that upper and lower tail inequality decline between the first and the last decile for male and female. The recent period thus could be described as a period of “great compression” of wages between the first and the last decile. As a result, the decline in education and experience returns has produced one of the most egalitarian wage structure ever observed in France since the 1960s.

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Paper provided by Banque de France in its series Working papers with number 370.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bfr:banfra:370

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