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Everyone's a winner? Persistence in British private sector wage settlements

Brown, D., Ingram, P. and Wadsworth, Jonathan (1996) Everyone's a winner? Persistence in British private sector wage settlements. CEPDP (298). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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One important feature of labour market policy over the past 15 years has been an emphasis on promoting greater flexibility and responsiveness in wages to the fortunes of individual firms. This study analyses the patterns of persistence in British private manufacturing wage settlements using a unique longitudinal dataset of bargaining groups over the period 1979-94. We find little evidence that settlement variation in private sector manufacturing bargaining groups has widened over time. We do find that the pattern and persistence of settlements over time is consistent with the presence of autoregressive but not permanent fixed effect components. We show that this relatively small amount of turbulence is sufficient to generate evolutionary paths for wage levels, consistent with the evidence of widening inequality observed in recent years in Britain, suggesting that firm fixed effects may not account for much of the rise.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1996 the authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 12:41
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2021 00:52

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