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Distributional Gains Of Near Higher Earners

Charles M. Beach
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Charles M. Beach: Queen's University

No 1398, Working Paper from Economics Department, Queen's University

Abstract: This paper looks at changes in employment and relative wages of near higher earnings (NHE) workers between middle-class (MC) and higher earners (HE) in Canada over 2000-2015. An approach is also forwarded for evaluating these changes in terms of underlying demand and supply factors. It is found that the NHE behaves as a transition group between quite different patterns of change of the MC and HE groups, and that these changes have been recently attenuating. The MC group experienced a downward shift in employment demand, the HE group an upward shift in demand, and the NHE group an upward shift in supply of workers.

Keywords: near higher earnings; Income equality; Canadian earnings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 J20 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-02
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