Previous Literature and New Findings

  • Gary Fields
  • Saumik PaulEmail author
Part of the ADB Institute Series on Development Economics book series (ADBISDE)


The United Nations System of National Accounts (UN SNA) collects information on the compensation of employees and provides the unadjusted labor income share for 93 low- and middle-income countries with an average time span of 15.3 years per country. Since only about one third of developing countries report mixed income, the mixed-income adjusted labor income shares are computed for only 38 countries from this dataset. The adjusted labor share using the employment structure of a country is also calculated with ILO’s data of Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM), which produces estimates for 73 countries. The second group of data sets extend the coverage of data from UN SNA and KILM by including additional national data sources.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economics, Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Asian Development Bank InstituteTokyoJapan

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