OECD Economics Department Working Papers

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1815-1973 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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Working papers from the Economics Department of the OECD that cover the full range of the Department’s work including the economic situation, policy analysis and projections; fiscal policy, public expenditure and taxation; and structural issues including ageing, growth and productivity, migration, environment, human capital, housing, trade and investment, labour markets, regulatory reform, competition, health, and other issues.

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Less Income Inequality and More Growth – Are they Compatible? Part 8. The Drivers of Labour Income Inequality – A Literature Review You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Rafal Kierzenkowski1, Isabell Koske1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
03 Apr 2012
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No.:
931
Pages
32
DOI
10.1787/5k9bls1hlzkk-en

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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.
Keywords:
trade, globalisation, education policy, labour market policies, technological change, immigration, labour income, income inequality
JEL Classification:
  • 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 and Research Institutions / 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, Technological Change, and Growth / Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights / Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes