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Overtime working, the Phillips curve and the wage curve: British engineering, 1926-66

Hart RA (2003) Overtime working, the Phillips curve and the wage curve: British engineering, 1926-66, Manchester School, 71 (2), pp. 97-112.

This paper shows that wage-unemployment elasticities derived from estimated wage curves and Phillips curves may be critically dependent on the measurement of wages. Incorporating hourly wage earnings, that include the influence of overtime payments, can lead to seriously distorted results. Meaningful elasticities are obtained only if hourly standard wages form the basis of analysis. Work is based on a unique data set describing two homogeneous blue-collar occupational groups - skilled fitters and unskilled labourers - in the British engineering industry. Each group is also divided into timeworkers and piece-rate workers. Data are aggregated into a panel of 28 local labour markets and cover the highly contrasting periods, 1928-1938 and 1954-1966.

Overtime, Phillips Curve, Wage Curve, Engineering

Subject headings
Wages Measurement Elasticity; Wage differentials Case studies; Skilled labor Wages and labor productivity; Unskilled labor Wages and labor productivity

AuthorsHart Robert A
Publication date03/2003
Publication date online05/03/2003
PublisherBlackwell Publishing (Published on behalf of the University of Manchester)
ISSN 1463-6786

Manchester School: Volume 71, Issue 2 (2003)

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