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Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 21–48 | Cite as

The changing nature of wage inequality

Original Paper

Abstract

The paper reviews recent developments in the literature on wage inequality with a particular focus on why inequality growth has been particularly concentrated in the top end of the wage distribution over the last 15 years. Several possible institutional and demand-side explanations are discussed for the secular growth in wage inequality in the United States and other advanced industrialized countries.

Keywords

Inequality Institutions Technological change 

JEL Classification

J24 J31 J51 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Christian Dustmann and three anonymous referees for their comments, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (through TARGET) for the research support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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