The Evolution of Industrial Earnings Inequality in Mexico and Brazil

Posted: 6 Dec 2000

See all articles by Paulo du Pin Calmon

Paulo du Pin Calmon

University of Brasilia

Pedro Conceicao

affiliation not provided to SSRN

James K. Galbraith

University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs; Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

Vidal Garza-Cantu

Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)- EGAP

Abel Hibert

University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Abstract

Industrial data are used to derive estimates of the pattern of change in wage inequality in Mexico and Brazil. Using the group decomposition of Theil's T-statistic, the paper presents monthly changes in the dispersion of industrial wages for Brazil (1976 through 1995) and for Mexico (1968 through 1998). Both countries show increases in wage dispersion over time, and a strong negative correlation is found with the rate of real economic growth. Other things equal, the later Brazilian heterodox stabilization plans seem to have reduced inequality in the short run.

JEL Classification: J31

Suggested Citation

du Pin Calmon, Paulo and Conceicao, Pedro and Galbraith, James K. and Garza-Cantu, Vidal and Hibert, Abel, The Evolution of Industrial Earnings Inequality in Mexico and Brazil. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=237057

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Pedro Conceicao

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James K. Galbraith

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