Volume 21, Number 3-4 (September-December 2012)
The Journal of Income Distribution, Volume 21, Number 3-4 (September-December 2012) is now posted in its electronic form. The print copy of this issue is also finally out. The Editorial Office of the Journal extends its apologies to readers for the continuing delay. Adequate staffing remains a challenge for the JID, and limited available hours of the academic team involved in all phases of its production means that it is still a bit behind in its publication calendar. Manuscript preparation continues steadily, however and the pace of dissemination should pick up in the next few months, although willing referees are hard to come by!
Publication of empirical research should always be made rather sooner than later because studies do tend to become dated (particularly surveys) after a while. Volume 21, Number 3-4 is, as all JID issues always are, full of findings of timely interest! It is actually a Special Issue dedicated to Inequality, Skills and Globalization, with four of its articles stemming from papers presented at a conference of the same name in Lille (France) in June of 2012. These articles cover several major subjects tackled in the conference, including different dimensions of the changes in inequality experienced at the world level since the late 1980s. The issue brings together as well two articles related through the theme of income inequality in Mexico. The first and the last of the issue’s articles offer the different approaches to pursuing the potential for an international understanding of income differences around the world.
The reader of this JID issue will find 6 articles of which the first 4 form the Guest Editors’ selections for their Special Issue of the JID. These first four articles are presented to the reader by the Guest Editors of this Special Issue, Nathalie Chusseau and Joël Hellier, in a 4-page introduction of the articles, as is usual in special issues. The first article, a survey article entitled "Globalization and Inequality: Where do we stand?", presents a review of the literature on the links between inequality and globalization; an early version of this article was written to introduce the Round Table session of the Guest Editors’ conference called 'Globalization: the winners and the losers'. The second article is an empirical one, “Social Inequalities and International Trade: A Cross-Country Perspective”, by Andrzej Cieślik, Jan Jakub Michałek, and Jerzy Mycielski, with, however, a theoretical base on the impact of social inequalities on international trade, with appendices and demonstrations. The third article is this issue’s first on inequality in Mexico; a purely empirical study, “Changes in Wage Inequality in Mexico: A Decomposition Analysis” by Claudia Tello focuses on the decomposition of the changes in wages. The fourth article, “Working Poor Trajectories”, provides theoretical bases to the major characteristics of the working poor as described in the empirical literature; it is written by Hellier.
In the first of the issue’s last two articles, “Accounting for Mexican Income Inequality during the 1990s” by Rafael E. de Hoyos, Mexico is once again addressed through its manifestation of income inequalities in small but intense ways before and after the 1994-1995 economic crisis. In the issue’s last article, “On the Cross-Country Relationship between Poverty, Income Distribution, and Development”, Massoud Karshenas and Graham Pyatt, using the data of national and international collections, derive the familiar cross-country relationship between the incidence of poverty and the level of development via a three-stage process, which avoids restrictive parametric assumptions regarding the shape of income distribution. This article links closely back to the Special Issue’s world perspective on income distribution.
Readers are reminded that in addition to the contents of the current issue, all those of previous issues dating back to the Volume 15 Index Issue are available in full to subscribers, either in print or on-line here. For all issues past and current, Tables of Contents and Abstracts are freely available on-line.
For the sake of a collection's continuity, please do let your library know that the Journal of Income Distribution is published by Ad Libros Publications Inc. Either the Publisher or the Editorial Office of the JID would respond immediately to a subscription request for the New Series. In order to ensure that you and your colleagues maintain full access to all future issues through your library, whether in hard copy or electronic form, contact with your institution should be established right away. If your library is not already a subscriber, please encourage it to become one.
With each new issue, we continue to encourage readers and their institutions to subscribe and more scholars to submit manuscripts to the Journal of Income Distribution. Should you or your institution's library wish to subscribe, please follow these next steps:
1. Register with the site as a reader.
2. Send an email to the editorial office with your subscription request or choose the Journal at the website of its publisher Ad Libros Publications Inc. See the Journal’s subscriptions section for prices and subscription options.
3. Upon receiving payment, your subscription will be activated and the full text of available issues will be visible upon logging in as a reader.
It is preferred that manuscript submission to the JID be done on line through this site, but submissions and other correspondence can still be directed to the Editorial Office.