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Workplaces in the Education Sector in the United Kingdom: How do they Differ from those in Other Industries?

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  • Clive Belfield
  • Celia Brown
  • Hywel Thomas
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    A significant body of literature suggests that enterprises in the public education sector may differ from 'standard production' market firms in important ways. Substantial government involvement is then legitimized. However, this literature often uses withinsector comparisons of school types, rather than cross-sector comparisons of the education sector with other sectors. This paper compares the structure of education enterprises and workplace practices with those in other industries, namely (the rest of) the public sector and the private sector. Key differences, particularly as regards staffing resources, between education providers and these other enterprises are identified from prior literature and then tested. Data from the UK Workplace Employee Relations Survey (1998) are used. Our findings show substantial differences in labour rewards and factor management in the education sector.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 49-69

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:10:y:2002:i:1:p:49-69

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