The UK national minimum wage’s impact on productivity

Rizov, Marian, Croucher, Richard ORCID: and Lange, Thomas (2016) The UK national minimum wage’s impact on productivity. British Journal of Management, 27 (4) . pp. 819-835. ISSN 1045-3172 (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12171)

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Low pay poses issues for managers internationally. We examine productivity in low-paying sectors in Britain, since the national minimum wage’s (NMW) introduction. We use a multiple channel analytical strategy, emphasising the wage incentives channel and linking it to a model of unobserved productivity. We estimate firm-specific productivity measures and aggregate them to the level of low-paying sectors. Difference-in-differences analysis illustrates that the NMW positively affected aggregate low-paying sector productivity. These findings highlight increased wages’ incentive effects with implications for management practice and public policy since ‘living’ wages may be productivity enhancing.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): minimum wage, incentives, productivity, UK
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 19004
Notes on copyright: © 2016 The Authors British Journal of Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Academy of Management
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 11:48
Last Modified: 17 May 2020 14:44

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