The political economy of income distribution: industry level evidence from 14 OECD countries
Alexander Guschanski () and
Ozlem Onaran ()
No 17518, Greenwich Papers in Political Economy from University of Greenwich, Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre
This article presents an econometric estimation of the determinants of the wage share, using sectoral data for 14 OECD countries for the period 1970- 2014. We present estimations for the wage share of high- and low-skilled workers and within manufacturing and service industries. We augment sectoral data with input-output tables and union density data to obtain detailed estimations of the effect of technological change, globalisation and bargaining power on the wage share. We find a significant negative effect of globalisation and we discover offshoring to emerging markets to be a robust driver of this process. Technological change had an impact which differs by skill group, but theoretical issues and lack of robustness of the results cast doubt on the hypothesis of skill-biased technological change as a key factor in the overall decline in the wage share. Furthermore, we find a robust effect of institutional factors such as union density and minimum wages on the wage share, lending strong support to the political economy approach to functional income distribution.
Keywords: wage share; income distribution; union density; technology; offshoring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E25 F66 J50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-hme and nep-pol
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (5) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17518/1/ws%20oecd% ... aper%20gppe%2003.pdf
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 404 Not Found (http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17518/1/ws%20oecd%20panel%20working%20paper%20gppe%2003.pdf [302 Found]--> https://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17518/1/ws%20oecd%20panel%20working%20paper%20gppe%2003.pdf)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:gpe:wpaper:17518
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Greenwich Papers in Political Economy from University of Greenwich, Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Nadine Edwards ().