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Wage inequality, national minimum wage policies, what improves wages and the role of technological change.

What drives pay levels? The CEP has a strong record of looking into who gets paid what and how this is influenced by regulation, globalisation and technological change.

The Centre carried out pioneering work which revealed a mandatory minimum wage would not affect employment or competitiveness. These key findings bolstered the case for the UK National Minimum Wage, which was introduced in 1999. Research into the link between minimum wages and employment continues.

More recently, the rise of the gig economy raises new questions about whether self-employed workers value such flexibility or feel stuck in low-paid work.

And CEP economists are also looking at issues such as whether superstar firms contribute to wage inequality, how robots affect workers' wages, the difference that education makes to earnings and the gender pay gap.

Wages Publications

Timothy Besley, Aveek Bhattacharya, Jagjit Chadha, Paul Cheshire, Neil Lee, Alan Manning, Andrew McNeil, Margarida Bandeira Morais, Henry G. Overman, David Soskice, Anna Valero, Giles Wilkes and Alison Wolf

22 April 2024

Arun Advani, David Bailey, Ben Brindle, Simon Burgess, Patrick Dunleavy, Sarah Hall, Stephen Hansaker, Christian A. L. Hilber, Donald Houston, Ethan Ilzetzki, Sandra McNally, Henry G. Overman, Jonathan Portes, Huw Roberts, Thomas Sampson, Andy Summers, Madeleine Sumption, Phil Tomlinson, Tony Wilson and Ben Zaranko

31 January 2024

Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian A. L. Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Henry G. Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness and Gabriel Zucman

30 April 2015

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