The Wage Gap Is Widening In Other Countries, Too

Liberals and conservatives agree: Wage inequality in the U.S. rose significantly in the 1980s. The pay gap between well-educated and poorly educated workers clearly widened, as did the wage difference between experienced and inexperienced workers. But whats still in dispute is why inequality has widened so much. Some economists point to domestic causes, such as deteriorating school systems and the social and economic policies of Reagan and Bush. Others say global forces, such as increased foreign trade and changes in technology, which favor higher-skilled workers, are to blame.

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