Universität Hamburg, Zentrum für Ökonomische und Soziologische Studien (ZÖSS), Hamburg
It has already been pointed out in the literature on financialisation that private pension funds have played a key role in the inflation of financial markets. This paper argues that an increase in wage dispersion between white-collar and blue-collar workers affects pension funds in a direct and structural manner. Using Saez-Zucman and fred.stlouisfed annual datasets, the proposed argument is statistically analysed by applying Vector Autoregressive modelling for the period 1966-2013 in the USA. The results show that the responses of share of pension funds within US-household wealth to one-unit shock in wage dispersion are positive and significant over the first three years. Furthermore, wage dispersion explains 11% of variations in pension funds' share in household wealth in the short-run and 19% of variations in the long-run. The study concludes that wage dispersion has a direct and structural impact on pension funds and contributes to the literature by clarifying the rise and expansion of pension funds.
financialisation pension funds wage dispersion savings out of salaries white-collar workers capital market inflation