Article

Underemployment and the Lack of Wage Pressure in the UK

Citation

Bell D & Blanchflower D (2018) Underemployment and the Lack of Wage Pressure in the UK. National Institute Economic Review, 243 (1), pp. R53-R61. https://doi.org/10.1177/002795011824300114

Abstract
In this note, we focus on underemployment as a potential cause of lower wage growth, which itself may have deeper causes, but which has, we would argue, demonstrably changed since the 2008 recession. The gap between our measures of the number of additional hours required by those who want more hours and the number who want less has narrowed recently. Neither have returned to their pre-recession levels. In our view, underemployment remains a major factor in explaining the 2 per cent wage norm that continues to exist in the UK.

Keywords
unemployment; underemployment; wage inflation; hours; anchoring; heuristics; J31; J42; J22; E31

Journal
National Institute Economic Review: Volume 243, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date28/02/2018
Publication date online06/02/2018
Date accepted by journal16/01/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26802
PublisherSAGE
ISSN0027-9501