What are the Causes of Rising Wage Inequality in the United States?

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John Bound

University of Michigan; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

George Johnson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

Abstract

During the last 15 years - especially in the 1980s - wage inequality rose in the United States. It appears that this can be explained by a secular shift in production functions favoring workers with intellectual rather than manual skills, together with slower growth in the supply of skilled labor than in the previous decade.

Keywords: labor, inequality, production

JEL Classification: J31, I21, O33

Suggested Citation

Bound, John and Johnson, George, What are the Causes of Rising Wage Inequality in the United States?. Economic Policy Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1995, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1029654

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George Johnson

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

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