The Distribution of Individual Earnings

Henry Phelps Brown

in The Inequality of Pay

Published in print April 1979 | ISBN: 9780198851202
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596780 | DOI:
 The Distribution of Individual Earnings

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This chapter follows the examination in the previous chapter of differences in the dispersion of individual pay about the average in the presence of a given structure of pay by occupation. The differences are explored by another approach here, which tries to account for some of the remarkable properties of the statistical form of the distribution of individual earnings, and thereby to contribute to a philosophy of the inequality of pay between one person and another. The different sections of the chapter are: The form of the distribution of individual earnings; Processes by which distributions are formed; An index of ability to work; The generation of the distribution of ability to work by factors impinging in successive stages of personal development; The link between ATW [ability to work] and pay; and The influence of particular factors upon individual earnings. The last section reviews and discusses the material presented, drawing out six main points.

Keywords: ability to work; average earnings; average pay; distribution of ability to work; earnings distribution; income distribution; inequality; occupation; pay; pay distribution; pay inequality; pay structure; personal development

Chapter.  18655 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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