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The Changing Picture of Earnings Inequality in Britain and the Role of Regional and Sectoral Differences


  • Mark B. Stewart


This paper examines differences in inequality between regions and between sectors of the economy. The growth in overall inequality since the mid-1990s is found to have been driven primarily by that in London (with a smaller difference for the South East and East Anglia) and by that in the financial sector (with a smaller difference for the business activities sector). While these differences for London and the financial sector overlap to some extent, they also have significant separate influences once each other is controlled for. The changes in inequality in the rest of Britain and in the other sectors of the economy are numerically small and statistically insignificant.

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  • Mark B. Stewart, 2011. "The Changing Picture of Earnings Inequality in Britain and the Role of Regional and Sectoral Differences," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 218(1), pages 20-32, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:niesru:v:218:y:2011:i:1:p:r20-r32

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    2. Abigail Mcknight & T. Tsang, 2013. "GINI Country Report: Growing Inequalities and their Impacts in the United Kingdom," GINI Country Reports united_kingdom, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
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