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Handbook of Income Distribution by Francois Bourguignon, Anthony B. Atkinson

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Table 18.A9

Wage dispersion and institutions (see Section 18.4.6)

Authors Countries and years Data sets* and sample selection Methods and important variables Types of institutions** Main findings
i. Overviews of the literature
Blau and Kahn (1999) 13 EU countries and CHE, AUS, CAN, JPN, NZL, United States; 1970s to 1990s. Draws on existing literature and data sources used there. This chapter examines the impact of wage-setting institutions and government policies on wages and employment, focusing on the OECD countries. AP, CP, DI, MW, UB, UD There is considerable evidence that centralized collective bargaining, minimum wages, and antidiscrimination policies raise the relative wages of the low paid. Evidence of the impact of these institutions ...

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