Course proposal on

Labour market institutions and inequality

Daniele Checchi – EIEF spring 2013


1. Model of long-run inequality and mobility


Oded Galor. 2011 Inequality, Human Capital Formation and the Process of Development. in Eric A. Hanushek, Stephen Machin and Ludger Woessmann (eds). 2012. Handbook of the Economics of Education. Elsevier. 441-493

Maoz, Y. and O.Moav. 1999. Intergenerational mobility and the process of development. Economic Journal 109: 677-97


2. Returns to education and inequality (skill-biased technological change, globalization)


Daron Acemoglu and David Autor. 2010. Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earning. NBER Working Paper No. 16082 (published in Orley Ashenfelter and David Card  (eds) 2011. Handbook of labor economics, vol.4/B, Elsevier 1043-1171)

Daron Acemoglu and David Autor. 2012. What does human capital do? a review of Goldin and Katz's The race between education and technology. NBER Working Paper No. 17820

Alderson, A. and  F. Nielsen. 2002. Globalisation and the great U-turn: income inequality trends in 16 OECD countries. American Journal of Sociology 107: 1244-1299.


3. Linking institutions to earnings inequality


D.Neal and S.Rosen. 2003. Theories of the distribution of earnings. in A.Atkinson and F.Bourguignon (eds). Handbook of Income Distribution. NorthHolland. 379-428

D.Checchi and C.Garcia Peñalosa. 2009. Labour shares and the personal distribution of income in the OECD. Economica, 1-38

Richard Freeman and Ronald Schettkat. 2001. Skill compression, wage differentials and employment: Germany vs. the US. Oxford Economic Papers 53 (3): 582-603.


4. Labour and product markets regulation


Tito Boeri. Institutional Reforms and Dualism in European Labor Markets. in Orley Ashenfelter and David Card  (eds) 2011. Handbook of labor economics, vol.4/B, Elsevier 1173-1236

Olivier J. Blanchard and Jean Tirole, 2008. The Joint Design of Unemployment Insurance and Employment Protection: A First Pass, Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 6(1), 45-77

Giuseppe Fiori, Giuseppe Nicoletti, Stefano Scarpetta and Fabio Schiantarelli. 2012. Employment effects of product and labour market reforms: are there synergies? Economic Journal 122. F79-F104

Blanchard, O. and Giavazzi, F. 2003. Macroeconomic effects of regulations and deregulation in goods and labor markets. Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 118(3), pp. 879–907.

Alberto F. Alesina, Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc, Paola Giuliano. 2010. Family Values and the Regulation of Labor. NBER Working Paper No. 15747

5. Workplace regulation


Bowles S. 2004. Microeconomics. Behaviour, institutions and evolutions. Princeton University Press (chpt.9: Employment, unemployment and wages)

Edward P. Lazear, Kathryn L. Shaw, Christopher T. Stanton. 2012. The value of bosses. NBER Working Paper 18317

6. Working hours


Giulia Faggio and Stephen Nickell. 2007. Patterns of work across the OECD. The Economic Journal, 117 (June), F416–F440.

Samuel Bowles and Yongjin Park. 2005. Emulation, inequality, and work hours: was Thorsten Veblen right? The Economic Journal, 115 (November), F397–F412.

Corneo, Giacomo, 2005. Work and television. European Journal of Political Economy, vol. 21(1), 99-113


7. Taxation and top incomes


T.Piketty. 2005. Top income share in the long run: an overview. Journal of the European Economic Association 3 (2-3): 382-392

Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Stefanie Stantcheva 2011. Optimal taxation of top labor incomes: a tale of three elasticities. CEPR Discussion paper 8675