The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries
By (author) A. B. Atkinson
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Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries by A. B. Atkinson
Book DescriptionThis 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 globalisation? 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 20 OECD countries over the twentieth century, material presented in the form of 20 country case studies. The book breaks new ground in assembling data on the distribution of individual earnings covering much of the twentieth century and drawing on a variety of under-exploited sources. The findings overturn a number of widely-held beliefs. It is not the earnings of the low paid that have been most affected by the recent changes; widening is largely due to what is happening at the top. The recent rise in earnings dispersion is not unprecedented, but should be seen as part of a longer-run history of successive compression and expansion of earnings differences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199532438
(240mm x 170mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Top Incomes Over the Twentieth Century, Paperback (July 2014)
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Economic Consequences of Rolling Back the Welfare State, Hardback (July 1999)» View all books by A. B. Atkinson
This text warns that many late-1990s fashionable policy proposals to roll back the welfare state could have unintended negative side effects, based as they are on an oversimplified view of the workings of the economy and of how welfare arrangements affect economic incentives.
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Author Biography - A. B. Atkinson
Sir Tony Atkinson has been Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford, from 1994 to 2005. He was previously Tooke Professor at the London School of Economics, and founder Editor of the Journal of Public Economics. He has previously been President of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association, the Royal Economic Society, and the International Economic Association.
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