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The Wage Curve Reconsidered: Is It Truly An 'Empirical Law Of Economics'?

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  • Bernard FINGLETON

    () (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge)

  • Silvia PALOMBI

    () (Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde)

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The negative relationship between wages and unemployment, embodied within the so-called wage curve, has an extensive literature and has been referred to as ‘an empirical law of economics’. However there are newer alternative theories that seek to explain the variation in wages without reference to unemployment rates, namely Urban Economics (UE) and New Economic Geography (NEG). The present paper considers the relative success of non-nested models of wage determination from the perspective of Great Britain’s 408 local authorities over the period 1998-2010.

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  • Bernard FINGLETON & Silvia PALOMBI, 2013. "The Wage Curve Reconsidered: Is It Truly An 'Empirical Law Of Economics'?," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 38, pages 49-92.
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    Keywords

    WAGE CURVE; EMPLOYMENT DENSITY; MARKET POTENTIAL; SPATIAL PANEL DATA ECONOMETRICS; NON-NESTED MODELS; SPATIAL J-TEST;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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