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Gary W. Loveman

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January 1995A Comparison of Changes in the Structure of Wages in Four OECD Countries
with Lawrence F. Katz, David G. Blanchflower
in Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, Richard B. Freeman and Lawrence F. Katz, editors
March 1993A Comparison of Changes in the Structure of Wages
with Lawrence F. Katz, David G. Blanchflower: w4297
This paper compares changes in the structure of wages in France, Great Britain, Japan. and the United States over the last twenty years. Wage differentials by education and occupation (skill differentials) narrowed substantially in all four countries in the 1970s. Overall wage inequality and skill differentials expanded dramatically in Great Britain and the United States and moderately in Japan during the 1980s. In contrast, wage inequality did not increase much in France through the mid-1980s. Industrial and occupational shifts favored more-educated workers in all four countries throughout the last twenty years. Reductions in the rate of the growth of the relative supply of college-educated workers in the face of persistent increases in the relative demand for more-skilled labor can expla...

Published:

  • Lawrence F. Katz & Gary W. Loveman & David G. Blanchflower, 1995. "A Comparison of Changes in the Structure of Wages in Four OECD Countries," NBER Chapters, in: Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, pages 25-66 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, University of Chicago Press, ed . Katz and Freeman, 1995.

 
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