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Less Income Inequality and More Growth – Are they Compatible? Part 8. The Drivers of Labour Income Inequality – A Literature Review

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  • Rafal Kierzenkowski

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  • Isabell Koske

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Despite a general trend of increasing labour income inequality, there have been differences in the timing, intensity and even direction of these changes across OECD countries. These stylized facts have led to numerous studies about the main determinants of labour income inequality and, as a result, a significant revision of the previous consensus about the key drivers. The most researched channels include skill-biased technological change, international trade, immigration, education as well as the role of labour market policies and institutions. Moins d'inégalités de revenu et plus de croissance – Ces deux objectifs sont-ils compatibles? Partie 8. Les déterminants de l'inégalité de revenu du travail – une revue de la littérature En depit d'une tendance generale a l.augmentation des inegalites de revenu du travail, des differences sont apparues quant a l.occurrence, l.intensite et meme le sens de ces evolutions au sein des pays de l'OCDE. Ces faits stylises ont mene a de nombreuses etudes consacrees aux facteurs principaux de l'inegalite de revenu du travail et, en consequence, d'une revision significative du consensus precedent concernant les determinant cles. Les canaux les plus recherches incluent le progres technique, le commerce international, l'immigration, l'education ainsi que le role des politiques du marche du travail et des institutions.

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  • Rafal Kierzenkowski & Isabell Koske, 2012. "Less Income Inequality and More Growth – Are they Compatible? Part 8. The Drivers of Labour Income Inequality – A Literature Review," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 931, OECD Publishing.
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    Keywords

    commerce; education policy; globalisation; immigration; immigration; income inequality; inégalité des revenus; labour income; labour market policies; mondialisation; politique d'éducation; politique du marché du travail; progrès technique; revenus du travail; technological change; trade;
    All these keywords.

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J58 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Public Policy
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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