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Underemployment and the Lack of Wage Pressure in the UK

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  • David N.F. Bell
  • David G. Blanchflower

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In this note, we focus on underemployment as a potential cause of lower wage growth, which itself may have deeper causes, but which has, we would argue, demonstrably changed since the 2008 recession. The gap between our measures of the number of additional hours required by those who want more hours and the number who want less has narrowed recently. Neither have returned to their pre-recession levels. In our view, underemployment remains a major factor in explaining the 2 per cent wage norm that continues to exist in the UK.

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  • David N.F. Bell & David G. Blanchflower, 2018. "Underemployment and the Lack of Wage Pressure in the UK," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 243(1), pages 53-61, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:niesru:v:243:y:2018:i:1:p:r53-r61
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    1. Bell, David N.F. & Blanchflower, David G., 2019. "The well-being of the overemployed and the underemployed and the rise in depression in the UK," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 161(C), pages 180-196.
    2. Andrew Ross & Grant Allan & Gioele Figus & Peter G McGregor & J Kim Swales & Karen Turner, 2018. "The economic impacts of UK trade-enhancing industrial policies and their spillover effects on the energy system," Working Papers 18-10, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
    3. David N. F. Bell & David G. Blanchflower, 2021. "Underemployment in the United States and Europe," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 74(1), pages 56-94, January.
    4. Guyonne Kalb & Jordy Meekes, 2019. "Wage Growth Distribution and Decline among Individuals: 2001-2017," RBA Annual Conference Papers acp2019-03, Reserve Bank of Australia, revised Jul 2019.

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    Keywords

    unemployment; underemployment; wage inflation; hours; anchoring; heuristics;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J42 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Monopsony; Segmented Labor Markets
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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