OECD Journal: Economic Studies

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OECD Economic Studies
Frequency :
Annuel
ISSN :
1995-2856 (en ligne)
ISSN :
1995-2848 (imprimé)
DOI :
10.1787/19952856
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OECD Journal: Economic Studies publishes articles in the area of economic policy analysis, applied economics and statistical analysis, generally with an international or cross-country dimension. While it draws significantly on economic papers produced by the Economics Department and other parts of the OECD Secretariat for the Organisation’s intergovernmental committees, the submission of articles produced by non-OECD authors is encouraged. We also welcome comments on articles previously published in the journal. Now published as part of the OECD Journal package.

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The determinants of earnings inequality

evidence from quantile regressions You do not have access to this content

 
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Auteur(s):
Jean-Marc Fournier, Isabell Koske
Date de publication
04 jan 2013
Pages
1
Bibliographic information
N°:
1,
Volume:
2012,
Numéro:
1
Pages
7–36
DOI
10.1787/eco_studies-2012-5k8zs3twbrd8

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Unconditional and conditional quantile regressions are used to explore the determinants of labour earnings at different parts of the distribution and, hence, the determinants of overall labour earnings inequality. The analysis combines several household surveys to provide comparable estimates for 32 countries. The empirical work suggests that, in general, a rise in the share of workers with an uppersecondary or post-secondary non-tertiary degree and a rise in the share of workers on permanent contracts are associated with a narrowing of the earnings distribution. By contrast, a shift in the sector composition of the economy is not found to have a large impact on overall earnings inequality. As for tertiary education, the impact remains ambiguous as there are several offsetting forces.