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Causes of Changing Earnings Inequality

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  • Snower, Dennis J.

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

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This paper surveys major empirical regularities concerning changes in earnings inequality in Europe and the U.S. over the past 25 years. Next, it indicates which of these regularities can be explained within the competitive demand-supply framework of analysis and what is left unexplained. Finally, it considers the implications of organizational change as a possible rationale for recent inequality developments.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 29.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: Jan 1999
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Keywords: inequality; income distribution; earnings; wage rigidities; skilled an unskilled workers; education; globalization; technological and organizational change; labor supply; minimum wage; unionization;

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