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The increase in wage inequality during the 1980s was exceptional, but underlying demand and supply conditions showed relatively little contrast compared to previous decades. One possible explanation is that the increased demand for skills during the 1980s was unusually concentrated among the most skilled workers rather than being spread throughout the skill distribution.
Keywords: wages, inequality, skill
JEL Classification: J31
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Juhn, Chinhui and Murphy, Kevin M., Inequality in Labor Market Outcomes: Contrasting the 1980's and Earlier Decades. Economic Policy Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1029705