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Low-pay sectors, earnings mobility and economic policy in the UK

Lee, Neil ORCID: 0000-0002-4138-7163, Green, Anne and Sissons, Paul (2018) Low-pay sectors, earnings mobility and economic policy in the UK. Politics & Policy, 46 (3). pp. 347-369. ISSN 1555-5623

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Low pay is a significant and growing issue in many developed economies. Sectoral approaches are often used in both economic development and labour market policy, yet there is little evidence on how low pay and earnings mobility vary by sector. This article investigates this issue in the UK. It shows pronounced sectoral variations in low pay and earnings mobility. It highlights the policy implications of growth in large, low paying sectors. While policymakers have focused on high-wage, high-skill sectors, efforts to improve productivity in low-wage sectors could improve living standards and the UK’s economic performance.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Policy Studies Organization
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2017 13:51
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2024 21:54

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