Journal of Population Economics

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

The changing nature of wage inequality

Original Paper


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.


Inequality Institutions Technological change 

JEL Classification

J24 J31 J51 



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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