Labor Income Share in Asia

Conceptual Issues and the Drivers

  • Gary Fields
  • Saumik Paul

Part of the ADB Institute Series on Development Economics book series (ADBISDE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Gary Fields, Saumik Paul
    Pages 1-14
  3. Conceptual Issues

  4. The Drivers of Labor Income Share

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Allen Ng, Theng Theng Tan, Zhai Gen Tan
      Pages 207-230
    3. Kyoji Fukao, Koji Ito, Cristiano Perugini
      Pages 247-267

About this book


This is the first study that puts together a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the drivers of the labor income share across a number of countries in Asia. This book provides an insightful companion to the study of labor income shares that plays a vital role in understanding the relationship between national income and personal income, and the relationship between wage inequality and wealth inequality. The timing of the book is ideal, as the ongoing debate over a global decline in the labor income share is far from settled. To this extent, evidence from the Asian countries is mixed.  The labor income share in some Asian countries has been rising since the 1990s. The purpose of this edited volume is to gain more insights on the potential drivers of the Asian experience. The first half of the book pays attention to the measurement problems related to the earnings of self-employed and workers in the informal sector. Then it puts together country case studies examining a wide range of factors driving the labor income share in Asia.


Labor Income Share Labor Share Income Inequality Wage inequality Personal Income National income

Editors and affiliations

  • Gary Fields
    • 1
  • Saumik Paul
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Asian Development Bank InstituteChiyoda-kuJapan

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