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Democracy and the Labor Share of Income: A Cross-Country Analysis

dc.contributor.authorMarta Guerriero
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-13T14:02:30Z
dc.date.available2019-03-13T14:02:30Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-30
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/9623
dc.description.abstractSummary statistics on the labor share of income show that between-country variation is much greater than within-country variation: functional income distribution is determined by factors which change substantially across countries but are persistent over time. This article attempts to shed some light on the long-run and political economy determinants of the labor income share. We revisit and extend previous empirical research on democratic political institutions and the labor share using a dataset of 112 countries over the period 1970-2015. Our empirical analysis shows that democracy allows workers to appropriate a higher share of national income. The evidence is robust to different indices of democracy and different periods of time, and after performing instrumental variable estimation. These results are particularly relevant today, in light of the recent global decline in the labor income share and current crisis of democracy.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank Institute
dc.titleDemocracy and the Labor Share of Income: A Cross-Country Analysis
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertEconomic Crisis
dc.subject.expertEconomic Efficiency
dc.subject.expertEconomic Policies
dc.subject.expertRegional Economic Development
dc.subject.expertJob Evaluation
dc.subject.expertEvaluation
dc.subject.expertMacroeconomic
dc.subject.expertMacroeconomic Analysis
dc.subject.expertPerformance Evaluation
dc.subject.expertImpact Evaluation
dc.subject.expertEconomic Welfare
dc.subject.expertEconomic Incentives
dc.subject.expertEconomic Efficiency
dc.subject.adbEconomies in transition
dc.subject.adbEconomic agreements
dc.subject.adbSocial condition
dc.subject.adbEconomic dependence
dc.subject.adbEconomic assistance
dc.subject.adbCrisis
dc.subject.adbUnemployment
dc.subject.adbEconomic cooperation
dc.subject.adbGross domestic product
dc.subject.adbEmployment
dc.subject.adbEconomic forecast
dc.subject.adbEconomic indicators
dc.subject.adbGrowth models
dc.subject.adbGross domestic product
dc.subject.adbMacroeconomics
dc.subject.adbEconomic forecast
dc.subject.naturalFinancial crisis
dc.subject.naturalLabor economics
dc.subject.naturalRegional economics
dc.subject.naturalTurnover
dc.subject.naturalEconomic survey
dc.subject.naturalJob analysis
dc.subject.naturalLabor turnover
dc.subject.naturalInternational relief
dc.subject.naturalExports
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalEconomic policy
dc.subject.naturalEconomic forecasting
dc.subject.naturalWages and labor productivity
dc.subject.naturalLabor economics
dc.subject.naturalRegional economics
dc.subject.naturalTurnover
dc.subject.naturalEconomic survey
dc.subject.naturalEfficiency wage theory
dc.subject.naturalIncome Distribution
dc.title.seriesADBI Working Paper Series
dc.title.volumeNo. 919
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank Institute
oar.themeEconomics
oar.themeDevelopment
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.countryCook Islands
oar.countryFiji Islands
oar.countryKiribati
oar.countryMarshall Islands
oar.countryFederated States of Micronesia
oar.countryNauru
oar.countryPalau
oar.countryPapua New Guinea
oar.countrySamoa
oar.countrySolomon Islands
oar.countryTimor-Leste
oar.countryTonga
oar.countryTuvalu
oar.countryVanuatu
oar.countryAfghanistan
oar.countryArmenia
oar.countryAzerbaijan
oar.countryGeorgia
oar.countryKazakhstan
oar.countryKyrgyz Republic
oar.countryPakistan
oar.countryTajikistan
oar.countryTurkmenistan
oar.countryUzbekistan
oar.countryPeople's Republic of China
oar.countryHong Kong
oar.countryChina
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.identifierOAR-009170
oar.authorGuerriero, Marta
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