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CentrePiece article
Unequal Britain: How Real Are Regional Disparities?
Steve Gibbons and Henry Overman
October 2011
Paper No' CEPCP353:
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CentrePiece 16 (2) Autumn 2011

JEL Classification: J31; J60; R11; R23; R29

Tags: wage; disparities; labour; britain; spatial equilibrium; amenity value; housing market

Average earnings vary widely across the regions of Britain, a fact that has prompted many decades of policies aimed at reducing regional disparities. But as Henry Overman and Steve Gibbons demonstrate, such variation reveals little, especially if we ignore regional differences in the cost of living and availability of local amenities.

For further reading, see SERC Discussion Papers No.60, No.65 and No.74