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PresentationConference session at the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association conference
The changing nature of work and inequality project at UNU-WIDER will present recent research in a session at the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA-LAMES) Annual Meeting Bogotá 2021 . About the session: The Changing...
Working PaperThe changing nature of work and inequality in Brazil (2003–19): A descriptive analysis
In this paper we use different sources of data on job task content to investigate the importance of occupations and the intensity of routine tasks embodied in them in explaining changes in employment and earnings in Brazil, in particular their relati...Brazil Inequality Polarization
Journal ArticleInequality by population groups and income sources: Accounting for inequality changes in Spain during the recession
The author discusses a new approach which decomposes inequality into the contributions of population groups by income sources...Decomposition Recession Earnings inequality
Working PaperThe changing nature of work and earnings inequality in China
This paper examines the evolution of China’s industrial and occupational structure in the last two decades and its impact on wage inequality...Occupations Wage inequality Education
Working PaperInequality and structural transformation in the changing nature of work: The case of Indonesia
This paper analyses the labour market dynamics in Indonesia from 2001 to 2015 and explores the role of the changing nature of occupational employment in explaining the rising earnings inequality during the same period...Labour market dynamics Inequality Occupations
BlogMotherhood and the gender gap in Latin America
Gender gaps in labour supply, income, and wages are still large despite the remarkable convergence of roles of men and women in labour markets over the last century...Gender Motherhood Women's work
Working PaperScrutinizing the sticky floor/glass ceiling phenomena in the informal labour market in Cameroon: An unconditional quantile regression analysis
Cameroon’s informal labour market largely harbours female workers, engaged mainly in low-productivity and low-paying jobs...Gender Earnings inequality Sticky floor
Working PaperInequality and the changing nature of work in Peru
This paper identifies the socioeconomic drivers of earnings inequality in Peru in the period 2004–18...Earnings Decomposition methods Inequality
Working PaperEvolution of wage inequality in India (1983–2017): The role of occupational task content
We examine data for urban workers in the non-agricultural sector across three decades, 1983–2017, and find that earnings inequality increased during 1983–2004, was largely stable during 2004–11, and decreased during 2011–17...Skills Tasks Earnings inequality
BlogThe global distribution of routine and non-routine work – and why we should we care about it
The nature of work is changing due to technological progress, globalization, and the rapidly expanding supply of college-educated workers...Earnings inequality Global inequality Labour dynamics
Working PaperImplications of the changing nature of work for employment and inequality in Ghana
In this paper, we analyse the role of the changing nature of occupational employment and wages in explaining the trend in earnings inequality in Ghana between 2006 and 2017, a period in which there was a substantial transformation of the economy, wit...Skills Tasks Occupations
Working PaperWage inequality under inflation-targeting in South Africa
This paper aims at providing new evidence over the effect of conventional monetary policy shocks on wage inequality through the earnings heterogeneity channel under the inflation-targeting regime implemented in South Africa since 2000...Earnings Earnings inequality Inequality
Project workshopVirtual workshop on the changing nature of work and inequality
The changing nature of work and inequality project will hold a workshop online to discuss research in progress on 24-26 March via Zoom. The original workshop to be convened in Tunis, Tunisia has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Country-...
Working PaperInequality by population groups and income sources: Accounting for inequality changes in Spain during the recession
I discuss a new approach which decomposes inequality into the contributions of population groups by income sources...Decomposition Recession Earnings inequality
BlogWhy are workers getting a smaller share of the cake in Mexico?
As with many other developed and emerging economies, in recent decades Mexico has experienced a long-term decline in the labour income share. In other words, wages have decreased compared with other sources of income such as capital income...Income inequality Earnings inequality Wages