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Measuring labor’s share of income

Paul Gomme () and Peter Rupert ()

Policy Discussion Papers, 2004, issue Nov

Abstract: Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show labor’s share of income at a historic low. This Policy Discussion Paper explores the BLS calculations with an eye to understanding the factors leading to the recent fall in labor’s share. While data limitations prohibit replication of the BLS series, alternative measures of labor’s share of income, based on either the nonfinancial corporate business sector or the macroeconomy more generally, are near their historic averages, quite unlike the BLS series.

Keywords: Income; Wages; National income (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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