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The functional distribution of income: a review of the theoretical literature and of the empirical evidence around its recent pattern in European countries

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  • Simone Bertoli

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  • Francesco Farina

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The interest around the functional distribution has gained a new momentum since the late 1980s with new theoretical advances of Neo Classical economics and with the contemporary large swing in favour of capital incomes that characterized most European countries. This paper revises the theoretical literature on the interplay between factor shares and economic growth, and it describes the competing evidence around the determinants of the large and enduring fall in the labour share experienced in Europe. The literature has produced a shared consensus on the determinants of the wage push in the 1970s and on the decline of the labour share in the 1980s, but there is still a unsettled debate on the reasons for the enduring decline over the 1990s. The paper also focuses on the possible impact of this significant change in the functional distribution of income on the interpersonal income inequality, evidencing the role in this respect of labour market and welfare institutions.

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  • Simone Bertoli & Francesco Farina, 2007. "The functional distribution of income: a review of the theoretical literature and of the empirical evidence around its recent pattern in European countries," Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID) University of Siena 005, Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID), University of Siena.
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    factor shares; income inequality; welfare system.;

    JEL classification:

    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts
    • E25 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • 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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