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La Distribution des Salaires en Suisse: Quelques Observations sur la Récession des Années 90

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  • Enrico Bolzani
  • Ramses H. Abul Naga

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We study the evolution of earnings inequality in Switzerland during the recession of the 1990s. We compare the Lorenz curves of the 1992 and 1997 distributions, as well as the related generalised Lorenz curves, given the pay deterioration witnessed during this period. The Lorenz curve is shown to move upward. However, on the basis of the generalised Lorenz criterion, we are led to conclude that this reduction in inequality was insufficient, from a social welfare perspective, to make up for the reduction in average pay.

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  • Enrico Bolzani & Ramses H. Abul Naga, 2002. "La Distribution des Salaires en Suisse: Quelques Observations sur la Récession des Années 90," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 138(II), pages 115-136, June.
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    Keywords

    Distribution des salaires; Suisse; courbe de Lorenz; courbe de Lorenz généralisée;

    JEL classification:

    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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