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The low-paid worker and the low-paying employer: characterisations using WERS98

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  • John Forth

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Low pay is concentrated in lower-skilled occupations. But the factors that affect pay levels in these occupations are different from those that affect the pay of the higher skilled. The paper used the 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey to examine the determinants of pay in lower-skilled jobs. It finds a wide range of employer and workplace characteristics that depress pay levels in these jobs. In only a small minority of them does trade union bargaining attenuate these effects. Human capital and individual characteristics are less important than features of the job and employer.

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Paper provided by National Institute of Economic and Social Research in its series NIESR Discussion Papers with number 163.

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Date of creation: Apr 2001
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Handle: RePEc:nsr:niesrd:163

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  1. Nicholas Oulton, 2004. "A Statistical Framework for the Analysis of Productivity and Sustainable Development," CEP Discussion Papers dp0629, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  2. Geir B. Asheim & Wolfgang Buchholz, 2002. "A General Approach to Welfare Measurement through National Income Accounting," CESifo Working Paper Series 831, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Nicholas Oulton, 2004. "Productivity Versus Welfare; Or GDP Versus Weitzman's NDP," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 50(3), pages 329-355, 09.
  4. Geir B. Asheim, 2002. "Green National Accounting for Welfare and Sustainability: A Taxonomy of Assumptions and Results," CESifo Working Paper Series 827, CESifo Group Munich.

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