Public service employment and the public-private wage differential in British regions

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dc.contributor.author Henley, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Dennis
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-10T11:26:30Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-10T11:26:30Z
dc.date.issued 2001-05-01
dc.identifier.citation Henley , A & Thomas , D 2001 , ' Public service employment and the public-private wage differential in British regions ' Regional Studies , vol 35 , no. 3 , pp. 229-240 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0034-3404
dc.identifier.other PURE: 82674
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/977
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/977
dc.description Thomas, Dennis, Henley, Andrew, 'Public service employment and the public-private wage differential in British regions', Regional Studies (2001) 35(3) pp.229-240 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Successive forms of regional policy in the UK have sought to support the maintenance and creation of public sector employment opportunities in relatively disadvantaged regions. Nationally negotiated public sector pay rates mean that the private-public pay gap is likely to be wider in lower demand regions. This will be reinforced by the relative absence of private sector employment crowding-out in such higher unemployment regions. This paper investigates the association between private and public sector service employment using panel data for British regions, and estimates regional public-private wage differentials using British Household Panel Survey data for 1991 to 1996. Across Britain, private sector employment growth is weakly positively associated with higher public service employment growth, but the association is stronger in Scotland and the North of England. The pattern of regional wage differentials found is consistent with lower crowding-out in higher unemployment regions. This suggests that regional government employment policy can have beneficial effects, providing there is sufficient segregation of private and public sector labour markets to ensure that higher pay in public sector service jobs does not undermine the labour market competitiveness of private sector employers. en
dc.format.extent 12 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Regional Studies en
dc.title Public service employment and the public-private wage differential in British regions en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400120039632
dc.contributor.institution School of Management & Business en
dc.contributor.institution Centre for Local and Regional Enterprise en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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