Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/179220
Authors: 
Wang, Chen
Wan, Guanghua
Luo, Zhi
Zhang, Xun
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ADBI Working Paper 764
Abstract: 
Despite a growing literature on population aging, empirical studies exploring mechanisms between aging and income inequality are scarce. This paper estimates the impact of aging on inequality via the perspective of labor income share, based on cross-country information covering the period 1990-2010. Two transmission mechanisms are examined - aging leads to a declining labor share and affects the average wage. Our robust finding shows that (i) there is a positive impact of aging on income inequality, (ii) this positive impact is because aging leads to a lower share of labor income, and (iii) more specifically, the labor share-reducing effect of aging comes from the shrinking labor force rather than the lowering of the average wage.
Subjects: 
income inequality
aging
labor share
functional distribution of income
JEL: 
E25
J11
J14
J21
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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