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Labor's declining share of income and rising inequality

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  • Margaret M. Jacobson
  • Filippo Occhino

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Labor income has been declining as a share of total income earned in the United States for the past three decades. We look at the past effect of the labor share decline on income inequality, and we study the likely future path of the labor share and its implications for inequality.

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  • Margaret M. Jacobson & Filippo Occhino, 2012. "Labor's declining share of income and rising inequality," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Sept.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:y:2012:i:sept.25:n:2012-13
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    16. David Kim & Woo‐Yung Kim, 2020. "What drives the labor share of income in South Korea? A regional analysis," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(3), pages 1304-1335, September.

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