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The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries$
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A.B. Atkinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532438.001.0001

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The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532438.003.0034

This chapter presents tables of data on the United Kingdom and an account of its increased earnings distribution. It shows that there is evidence of widening dispersion from the mid 1950s to the mid-1960s. There was narrowing of the deciles from the late-1960s to 1977, with a large rise in the bottom decile. The bottom decile fell from 1977 to the end of the 1980s, after which it has stabilized, along with the rest of the bottom half of the distribution. The top decile has continued to rise, with a fanning out of the upper half of the earnings distribution.

Keywords:   country data, data sources, earnings distribution, earnings dispersion

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