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The heterogeneous cyclicality of income and wages among the distribution in the UK


  • María Cervini-Plá

    (Universitat de Girona [Girona] - UdG - Universitat de Girona)

  • Antonia López-Villavicencio

    (GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Université de Lyon - UJM - Université Jean Monnet [Saint-Étienne] - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Université de Lyon - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - ENS Lyon - École normale supérieure - Lyon)

  • José Ignacio Silva

    (Universitat de Girona [Girona] - UdG - Universitat de Girona)


We investigate the cyclicality of real wages and income using individual data for the UK over the 1991-2008 period. By paying special attention to the heterogeneity among different earnings and income groups, we document that individuals at the top of the distribution are more cyclical than lower ones. Moreover, the estimated cyclicality is considerably higher in recessions than in expansions for top-incomes. We also show that real wages and income are roughly acyclical for low wage and income workers. Instead, their adjustment to the cycle takes place through transitions to and from unemployment.

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  • María Cervini-Plá & Antonia López-Villavicencio & José Ignacio Silva, 2018. "The heterogeneous cyclicality of income and wages among the distribution in the UK," Post-Print halshs-01940172, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01940172
    DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2017-0181
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    1. Faryna, Oleksandr & Pham, Tho & Talavera, Oleksandr & Tsapin, Andriy, 2020. "Wage Setting and Unemployment: Evidence from Online Job Vacancy Data," GLO Discussion Paper Series 503, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
    2. Mustafa Caglayan & Oleksandr Talavera & Lin Xiong, 2020. "Female Small Business Owners in China: Discouraged, not Discriminated," Discussion Papers 20-04, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.

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    heterogeneity; cyclicality; income distribution; Real wage;
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    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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