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Global inequality in a more educated world

Syud Ahmed, Maurizio Bussolo, Marcio Cruz, Delfin Go and Israel Osorio-Rodarte
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Israel Osorio Rodarte

No 8135, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: In developing countries, younger and better-educated cohorts are entering the workforce. This developing world-led education wave is altering the skill composition of the global labor supply, and impacting income distribution, at the national and global levels. This paper analyzes how this education wave reshapes global inequality over the long run using a general-equilibrium macro-microsimulation framework that covers harmonized household surveys representing almost 90 percent of the world population. The findings under alternative assumptions suggest that global income inequality will likely decrease by 2030. This increasing educated labor force will contribute to the closing of the gap in average incomes between developing and high income countries. The forthcoming education wave would also minimize, mainly for developing countries, potential further increases of within-country inequality.

Keywords: Educational; Sciences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-06-30
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