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Poverty and Worklessness in Britain.

Abstract:

Relative poverty in the UK has risen massively since 1979 mainly because of increasing worklessness, rising earnings dispersion and benefits indexed to prices, not wages. The economic force underlying this is the significant shift in demand against the unskilled. This has substantially weakened the low-skill labour market which has increased both pay dispersion and worklessness, particularly among low-skilled men. Practical policies discussed include improving education and overall well-being...

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Journal:
Economic Journal
Volume:
114
Publication date:
2004-01-01
URN:
uuid:0ab8b6a1-e01f-4168-8aca-727b203de6de
Local pid:
oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:10566
Language:
English

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