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Egalitarian and elitist education systems as the basis for international differences in wage inequality

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  • Klaus Wälde

    (University of Dresden)

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This paper investigates one reason why some countries have experienced a strong increase in wage inequality over the last decades while others have not. The explanation is based on the link between the quality of education and induced technological change. A country with qualitatively better-educated skilled workers, relative to unskilled workers, has a higher ratio of human capital to labour than a country where the quality of education is more equal across education levels. These differences lead to different paths of induced technological change across countries, which in turn imply different histories of the distribution of labour income.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0203004.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 21 Mar 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0203004

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Keywords: wage inequality; Quality of education; Elitist and egalitarian education systems; Biased technological change; Distribution of labour income;

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  1. Thushyanthan Baskaran & Zohal Hessami, 2011. "Public Education Spending in a Globalized World: Is there a Shift in Priorities Across Educational Stages?," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2011-42, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
  2. Klaus Waelde & Pia Weiss, 2004. "International Competition, Slim Firms and Wage Inequality," CESifo Working Paper Series 1254, CESifo Group Munich.
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