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The increase in income inequality for the past three decades has been due in part to...

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skyler89 | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 2) Honors

Posted October 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM via web

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The increase in income inequality for the past three decades has been due in part to which of the following?

less international competition from imports

less demand for highly skilled workers in the labor force

an increase in the number of less-experienced and less-experienced and less-skilled "baby boomers" into the labor force

more power by unions to obtain wage increases for union workers

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM (Answer #1)

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Of the options given in this question, the best choice is the second; a decrease in demand for highly  skilled workers in the labor force has helped contribute to inequality.

We can see this partly because none of the other options can be true.  International competition has increased over the past few decades.  Unions have lost power.  The baby boomers were not less skilled and, even if they were, the last of the official baby boomers would have been entering the work force in the mid-1980s.

As global competition has grown and America has become less industrial, demand for skilled workers has dropped.  Our economy has been divided into “haves” (those who have mainly knowledge-based jobs) and “have-nots” (who work largely in low-paid service sector jobs).

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