Wage and Income Inequality in the European Union

15-01-2015

This report, provided by Policy Department A for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, summarises the results of the project “Wage Dispersion in the European Union”. It has three objectives: first, to describe the recent evolution of wage dispersion across EU member states using different definitions of labour earnings and inequality measures; second, to analyse the relationship between wage dispersion and labour market institutions related to collective bargaining and minimum wages taking into account recent policy reforms; and, last, to evaluate the impact of changes in wage inequality on overall income distribution in the EU.

This report, provided by Policy Department A for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, summarises the results of the project “Wage Dispersion in the European Union”. It has three objectives: first, to describe the recent evolution of wage dispersion across EU member states using different definitions of labour earnings and inequality measures; second, to analyse the relationship between wage dispersion and labour market institutions related to collective bargaining and minimum wages taking into account recent policy reforms; and, last, to evaluate the impact of changes in wage inequality on overall income distribution in the EU.

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Christian DREGER (DIW Berlin) ; Enrique LÓPEZ-BAZO, Raul RAMOS, Vicente ROYUELA and Jordi SURIÑACH (Barcelona University)