Title: Globalisation and rising inequality in developed countries

Authors: Christine Meyer

Addresses: Bentley College, USA

Abstract: The distribution of earnings has widened throughout many of the OECD countries since the 1970s, particularly in the United States. An ever-growing literature examines the impact of globalisation on the growing income inequality and finds mixed results. This paper describes the theoretical linkages between globalisation and inequality and provides an overview of the evidence linking trade, capital mobility and immigration with the widening of the gap between the wages of the skilled worker and the unskilled worker.

Keywords: globalisation; inequality; developed countries; trade; capital mobility; immigration; skilled workers; unskilled worker; wages gap; earnings distribution; income distribution; flow of goods; flow of capital; flow of labour.

DOI: 10.1504/GBER.1999.006139

Global Business and Economics Review, 1999 Vol.1 No.1, pp.108 - 118

Published online: 07 Feb 2005 *

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