Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

The price is right: inflation and nominal wage adjustment in Britain

Brown, D., Ingram, P. and Wadsworth, Jonathan (1997) The price is right: inflation and nominal wage adjustment in Britain. CEPDP, 326. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753010852

[img]
Preview
PDF
Download (47Kb) | Preview

Abstract

How much changed regarding the wage employment relationship in Britain between 1979 and 1994, as the government tried to encourage greater wage and employment flexibility? This paper uses settlement group wage contact data to track the evolution of nominal wage settlements over time and examines the impact that inflation has on these outcomes. We show that dissegregated wage determination is consistent with a continuing disdain for nominal wage cuts on the part of both employees and employers. Paradoxically, price inflation, rather than institutional reform of the labour market may have done more to pormote real wage adjustment across establishments in Britain. During periods of high inflation, the distribution of manufacturing real wage settlements shifts to the left, resulting in an increase in the number if settlement groups who experience real wage cuts. High levels of inflation appear to be associated with lower real wage increases for a given shock. The correlation between real wages and subsequent employment adjustment appears to be very weak.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1997 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 326
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2008 11:51
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20358/

Actions (login required)

Record administration - authorised staff only Record administration - authorised staff only