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CEP Real Wages Updates

Real wages continue to fall - in the UK and elsewhere - yet despite this striking feature of the labour market, some commentators anticipate resurgent pay growth in the near future. This report, the first in a new series of CEP Real Wages Updates, argues that the absence of any improvement in the country's productivity performance - together with evidence that nominal wage growth is flatlining and real wage growth is falling - make it highly unlikely that wage growth is about to explode upwards.

These updates are provided by some of our expert researchers and draw on some of our past and current research.

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CEP Real Wages Update
The Return of Falling Real Wages David Blanchflower, Rui Costa and Stephen Machin
May 2017
Paper No' CEPRWU006:
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Tags: real wages; wages; growth

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CEP Real Wages Update
The Current 2% UK Wage Growth Norm David Blanchflower and Stephen Machin
March 2016
Paper No' CEPRWU005:
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CEP Real Wages Update
Slowing UK Wage Growth David Blanchflower and Stephen Machin
February 2016
Paper No' CEPRWU004:
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Tags: uk wage growth; labour market; government policy; average weekly earnings (awe); inflation; unemployment

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CEP Real Wages Update
UK real wages: a long way to go David Blanchflower and Stephen Machin
December 2014
Paper No' CEPRWU003:
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Tags: real wages; wages; growth

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CEP Real Wages Update
Real wages continue to fall in the UK David Blanchflower and Stephen Machin
September 2014
Paper No' CEPRWU001:
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Tags: real wages; wages

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CentrePiece Article
Falling real wages David Blanchflower and Stephen Machin
May 2014
Paper No' CEPCP422:
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CentrePiece 19 (1) Spring 2014


Tags: wage inequality; real wage growth; unemployment; usa; uk; great recession