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Trends in the Italian Earnings Distribution, 1985-1996

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  • Francesco Devicienti
  • Andrea Borgarello

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Using a panel of administrative Italian data (source: INPS), this paper provides new empirical evidence on the changes in the earnings distribution that occurred in Italy over a relatively long time period (1985-1996). Various statistical indicators have been used to document a slight, but not negligible, increase in earnings inequality. Decompositions by population subgroups have shed light on the underlying causes of the observed distributional changes.

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  • Francesco Devicienti & Andrea Borgarello, 2001. "Trends in the Italian Earnings Distribution, 1985-1996," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 2, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.
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    1. Andrea Borgarello & Francesco Devicienti, 2002. "What Accounts For the Rise in Wage Inequality in Italy? Evidence from Administrative Matched Employer-Employee Data, 1985-1996," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 18, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.

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