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

Michael Boehm, 8 February 2014



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.

Topics: Labour markets, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: jobs, labour, middle class, routine and non-routine tasks

A new measure of the global middle class

Shimelse Ali, Uri Dadush, 2 June 2012



The swelling middle class in emerging economies is transforming the economic balance of power across the globe. Measuring it, however, is no easy task.

Topics: Development, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: development, emerging markets, Global middle class, middle class

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