The evolution of hourly compensation in Canada between 1980 and 2010

Authors: Pellerin, Mathieu
Advisor: Duclos, Jean-YvesShearer, Bruce
Abstract: We consider changes in the distribution of hourly compensation in Canada over the last three decades using confidential census data and the recent National Household Survey. We find that the coefficient of variation of wages among full-time workers has almost doubled between 1980 and 2010. The rapid growth of the 99.9th percentile is the main driver of that increase. Changes in the composition of the workforce explain less than 25% of the rise in wage inequality. However, composition changes explain most of the increase in average hourly compensation over those three decades, while wages stagnate within skill groups.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2015
Open Access Date: 23 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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