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Reservation wage levels in UK and German financial services sectors

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Watson D & Webb R (2008) Reservation wage levels in UK and German financial services sectors. Service Industries Journal, 28 (8), pp. 1167-1182. https://doi.org/10.1080/02642060802187959

Abstract
Although expenditure on wages represents a major element of costs in financial services firms, there is a dearth of studies analysing wage levels in the sector. This paper examines reservation wage levels in the sector by utilising maximum likelihood selection and stochastic frontier methodologies in two leading European economies: UK and Germany. Our results show that wage achievement is higher in the UK than Germany. At first glance, this seems counter-intuitive, given that actual wage costs and the overall cost–income ratio is higher in Germany than the UK.

Keywords
G20; J30; European financial services; Wages; Frontier analysis

Journal
Service Industries Journal: Volume 28, Issue 8

StatusPublished
FundersGlasgow Caledonian University
Publication date31/12/2008
Publication date online27/07/2010
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30666
ISSN0264-2069
eISSN1743-9507

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Professor Robert Webb
Professor Robert Webb

Professor of Banking and Appl. Economics, Accounting & Finance