Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161385
Authors: 
Hammar, Olle
Waldenström, Daniel
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10762
Abstract: 
We estimate trends in global earnings dispersion across occupational groups using a new database covering 66 developed and developing countries between 1970 and 2015. Our main finding is that global earnings inequality has declined, primarily during the 2000s, when the global Gini coefficient dropped nearly 10 points and the earnings share of the world's poorest half doubled. Decomposition analyses emphasize the role of income convergence between poor and rich countries and that earnings have become more similar within occupations in traded industries. Sensitivity checks show that the results are robust to varying real exchange rates, inequality measures and population definitions.
Subjects: 
global inequality
development
inequality decomposition
labor markets
JEL: 
D31
F01
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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