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The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries
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The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries

A.B. Atkinson

Abstract

This book is about how much people earn and why the distribution of earnings has been changing over time. The gap between the top and bottom in the United States has widened significantly since 1980. Why has this happened? Is it due to new technologies? What is the role of globalization? Are there historical precedents? The book begins with the ‘race’ between technology and education, and shows that continuing technical progress does not necessarily imply a continuing rise in dispersion. It then examines the experience of twenty OECD countries over the 20th century, material presented in the f ... More

Keywords: distribution of earnings, globalization, technology, education, OECD, earnings dispersion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532438
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532438.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A.B. Atkinson, author
Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford
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