Preference change and increasing wage inequality

Connolly, Sara J. ORCID: and Hargreaves Heap, Shaun P. (2007) Preference change and increasing wage inequality. LABOUR, 21 (1). pp. 43-55. ISSN 1121-7081

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This paper argues that preference change could explain, in part, the growth of within-group wage inequality in the USA and the UK in the 1980s. The absence of such preference change in continental European countries might also help explain why their wage inequality did not rise in the same way. The argument relies on evidence from the World Values Surveys and uses an efficiency wage model of within-group wage inequality where there are differences in the degree of discretion at work across firms and workers value not just the wage but also the degree of discretion on the job.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2023 00:01
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9914.2007.00369.x

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