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The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries$
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A.B. Atkinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532438.001.0001

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The Changing Distribution of Earnings in OECD Countries

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This chapter presents tables of data on France and an account of its increased earnings distribution. It shows that the history of the earnings distribution in France since the mid-1980s is one of broad stability and of a recent rise in the bottom decile, in contrast to a number of other countries. The previous sixty-five years were characterized less by stability and more by episodes of change. These episodes have tended to touch differently the upper and lower parts of the distribution. In the inter-war period, there is only evidence for the upper part, but there appears to have been a rise in the top percentiles followed by a fall with the arrival of the Front Populaire. In the Golden Age of the 1950s and early 1960s, earnings dispersion increased on account of the larger increases at the top of the distribution. The gap was narrowed dramatically after the events of May 1968, with the bottom decile jumping upwards, and then from 1972 beginning a period of steady increase until the mid-1980s.

Keywords:   country data, data sources, earnings distribution, stability, Front Populaire, earnings dispersion

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