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Changes in the distribution of wages, 1940-1950 : the public vs. the private sector

Author: Robert A Margo; Thomas Aldrich Finegan; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©1995.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 5389.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Abstract: Between 1940 and 1950 wage differentials within and between labor market groups narrowed significantly - the so-called 'Great Compression'. This paper disaggregates the Great Compression into its public and private components. Wage compression in the public sector, along with a decline in the pay premia received by public sector workers, explains about 40 percent of aggregate wage compression in the 1940s.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Margo; Thomas Aldrich Finegan; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 51823394
Notes: "December 1995."
Description: 1 online resource (26, [10] pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 5389.
Responsibility: Robert A. Margo, T. Aldrich Finegan.

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Abstract: Between 1940 and 1950 wage differentials within and between labor market groups narrowed significantly - the so-called 'Great Compression'. This paper disaggregates the Great Compression into its public and private components. Wage compression in the public sector, along with a decline in the pay premia received by public sector workers, explains about 40 percent of aggregate wage compression in the 1940s. The experience of the 1940s stands in stark contrast with that of the past two decades, in which a rigid public sector wage structure has dampened increases in aggregate wage inequality.

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