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Risk-adjusted measures of wage inequality and safety nets

  • Paul Makdissi

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    (Département d'économique and CEREF, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Quentin Wodon

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    (LCSPR, World Bank)

Income variablity is likely to increase wage inequality if poorer households are more vulnerable to shocks. Using a simple method to estimate risk-adjusted measures of wage inequality and data from Mexico, this note shows that safety nets could offset a good part of the impact of risk aversion on wage inequality.

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Volume (Year): 9 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-10

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