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Unequal Fortunes, Unstable Households: Has Rising Inequality Contributed to Economic Troubles for Households in the USA?

In: Wages, Employment, Distribution and Growth


  • Heather Boushey
  • Christian E. Weller


For the better part of the past three decades, the US economy has been characterized by a growing income disparity. Rising inequality has taken two forms. The share of national income that has gone to employee compensation has tended to decline, and the distribution of this shrinking share of the pie has become more unequal.

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  • Heather Boushey & Christian E. Weller, 2006. "Unequal Fortunes, Unstable Households: Has Rising Inequality Contributed to Economic Troubles for Households in the USA?," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Eckhard Hein & Arne Heise & Achim Truger (ed.), Wages, Employment, Distribution and Growth, chapter 6, pages 117-150, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-0-230-37178-1_7
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230371781_7

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