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Labor Shares in Some Advanced Economies

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  • Gilbert Cette
  • Lorraine Koehl
  • Thomas Philippon

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We study the joint impact of three measurement issues in the empirical literature on the labor share: (i) start and end periods for the empirical analysis; (ii) accounting for self-employment; and (iii) accounting for residential real estate income. When we correct for these three potential biases, we do not find a general decline in the labor share in our sample of advanced economies. In that respect the behavior of the US labor share after 2000 presents a puzzle.

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  • Gilbert Cette & Lorraine Koehl & Thomas Philippon, 2019. "Labor Shares in Some Advanced Economies," Working papers 727, Banque de France.
  • Handle: RePEc:bfr:banfra:727
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    Keywords

    : labor share; labor cost; value added sharing.;

    JEL classification:

    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods

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