Labour share of income (Part 6: The missing big picture)

Labour share of income (Part 6: The missing big picture) Phuah Eng Chye (30 June 2018) Economists are increasingly concerned about the persistent decline in the labour share of income. This is because they anticipate wage stagnation and worsening inequalities will weaken household consumption. This will impede prospects for an economy recovery and lead to … “Labour share of income (Part 6: The missing big picture)”

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Labour share of income (Part 5: The quandary of labour reform)

Labour share of income (Part 5: The quandary of labour reform) Phuah Eng Chye (23 June 2018) Corporations set wages and hence determine the distribution of income. In the early phases of industrialisation, public abhorrence over appalling work and social conditions galvanised governments to introduce labour legislation and institutions (trade unions) to protect ordinary workers. … “Labour share of income (Part 5: The quandary of labour reform)”

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Labour share of income (Part 4 – Does wage inequality matter?)

Labour share of income (Part 4 – Does wage inequality matter?) Phuah Eng Chye (16 June 2018) It is widely recognised that “in advanced economies, the gap between the rich and poor is at its highest level in decades.” Hence, many regard “widening income inequality is the defining challenge of our time.”[1] Income inequality raises … “Labour share of income (Part 4 – Does wage inequality matter?)”

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Labour share of income (Part 3 – Causes of wage inequality)

Labour share of income (Part 3 – Causes of wage inequality) Phuah Eng Chye (9 June 2018) Technological advances lead to significant changes in the organisation of work which changes the distribution of rewards. Karen Harris, Austin Kimson and Andrew Schwedel note the “tendency of displacement and long-term unemployment to erode earnings may cast a … “Labour share of income (Part 3 – Causes of wage inequality)”

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Labour share of income (Part 2 – The difficulty of overcoming wage stagnation)

Labour share of income (Part 2 – The difficulty of overcoming wage stagnation) Phuah Eng Chye (2 June 2018) In the 1970s, policy makers were concerned by how wage rises were fuelling cost-push inflation. When wage stagnation emerged in Japan following the collapse of its asset markets in 1990, it was greeted as a novelty … “Labour share of income (Part 2 – The difficulty of overcoming wage stagnation)”

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Labour share of income (Part 1 – Theories and measurement)

Labour share of income (Part 1 – Theories and measurement) Phuah Eng Chye (26 May 2018) At the macroeconomic level, the impact of landscape change on labour can be gauged by changes in the labour share of income or the share of national income paid in wages. Noah Smith notes “for decades, macroeconomic models assumed … “Labour share of income (Part 1 – Theories and measurement)”

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