Working Paper

Globalisation and Wage Inequalities 1870-1970

Published on 1 January 1998

This paper studies the impact of globalisation on wage inequality in eight now-developed countries during the century prior to 1970, using the same dependent variable and methodology as research on the impact of globalisation since 1970.

The results suggest that the impact of globalisation was confined largely to the effects of the pre-1914 mass migrations in the United States and Canada. Powerful ‘domestic’ forces, which included expanding home supplies of skilled labour, the growth of new skill-intensive industries, and fluctuations in the level of aggregate demand, had a greater impact on wage inequality for most of the period.

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published by
Anderson, E.
IDS Working Paper, issue 73
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