Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/75018
Authors: 
Hutchinson, John
Persyn, Damiaan
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
LICOS Discussion Paper 229
Abstract: 
Over the last two decades the share of national income which accrues to labour has followed a marked downward trend across a host of industrialised countries. This paper attempts to assess the importance of several potential causes of this phenomenon. We investigate compositional effects, the effect of declining trade costs, changes in the market structure (concentration) and the effect of low-wage competition between countries. Overall, the findings suggest that lower trade costs and factors related to economic integration such as industry concentration, the market power of firms and increased international low-wage competition indeed affect the labour share. However, their effect has been quite limited when compared to changes in the sectoral composition, the effects of technological change, cyclical factors and changes in the prices of intfirmediary goods.
Subjects: 
factor shares
globalisation
JEL: 
J30
E25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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