Labour markets, human capital and inequality

Meeting of National Economic Research Organisations, OECD Headquarters, 18 June 2012




[Each presentation lasts 15-20 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes discussion]

 09:15-12:15    Round 1: The great recession, institutions and inequality

Karl Aiginger, WIFO

Stylised facts on the interaction between income distribution and the great recession


The interaction between income distribution and the great recession

Michael Förster, OECD

Income inequality in the wake of the crisis

Rebecca Riley, NIESR

The UK national minimum wage and its effects on earnings and employment during the great recession

Link to the full report (Low Pay Commission)

Roger Wilkins, MI

Income inequality and mobility in Australia (2001 to 2010) and the effects of the global financial crisis

Gérard Cornilleau and Hélène Périvier, OFCE

Employment consequences of the economic crisis and public policies in Europe: Focus on gender and different age groups

12:00-13:15 Lunch (sandwich box provided)

13:15-16:45    Round 2: Shocks and other drivers of inequality in general

Rudiger Ahrend, OECD

The effects of macroeconomic shocks across population groups

Corinne Prost, INSEE


A scarred generation? French evidence on young people entering into tough labour markets, 1982-2008

Isabell Koske, OECD

Policy drivers of labour income and disposable income inequality across countries

David Autor, NBER

The impact of growing exposure to import competition from low-income economies on the employment, earnings and occupational opportunities of low-skilled workers in industrialized economies (specifically, the impact of trade with China on low-skilled US workers)

Hideo Akabayashi, TCER

The education gap in Japan (plus the labour market after the Tohoku Great Earthquake)

Francisco Azpitarte, MI

Pro-poorness of growth in Australia in the last decade

Fernando de Holanda Barbosa Filho, FGV

Income inequality and social mobility in Brazil: Developments over the past few years
Full paper:
Income inequality and labour market dynamics in Brazil

16:45    Round 3: Wrapping up



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