Job polarisation and the decline of middle-class workers’ wages

Michael Boehm 08 February 2014

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The decline of the middle class has come to the forefront of debate in the US and Europe in recent years. This decline has two important components in the labour market. First, the number of well-paid middle-skill jobs in manufacturing and clerical occupations has decreased substantially since the mid-1980s. Second, the relative earnings for workers around the median of the wage distribution dropped over the same period, leaving them with hardly any real wage gains in nearly 30 years.

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Topics:  Labour markets Poverty and income inequality

Tags:  jobs, middle class, labour, routine and non-routine tasks

The long-run gains of not mixing genders in high-school classes

Massimo Anelli, Giovanni Peri 23 February 2013

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Gender gap in college majors and earnings

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Topics:  Education Gender Labour markets

Tags:  Italy, education, wages, gender, women, labour

Jobs: The next piece of Africa’s growth jigsaw

David Fine, Susan Lund 04 December 2012

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Africa’s recent economic performance has been impressive. With average annual growth of 5.1% over the past ten years, the continent is the second fastest-growing region in the world (IMF 2012). The share of people in extreme poverty is falling. Since 2000, 31 million African households have joined a 90 million-strong consuming class with discretionary income to spend or save1.

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Topics:  Development Labour markets

Tags:  employment, unemployment, Africa, labour

Jobless recoveries and the disappearance of routine occupations

Henry Siu, Nir Jaimovich 06 November 2012

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Economic recoveries aren’t what they used to be. Since the end of the Great Recession in June 2009:

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Topics:  Global crisis Labour markets Poverty and income inequality

Tags:  unemployment, Great Depression, jobs, Great Recession, labour