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Unequal Britain: How Real Are Regional Disparities?

Steve  Gibbons,  Henry  Overman,  October 2011
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Keywords: wage; disparities; labour;Britain; spatial equilibrium; amenity value; housing market

JEL Classification: J31; J60; R11; R23; R29

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Abstract:

Average earnings vary widely across the regions of Britain, a fact that has prompted many decades of policies aimed at reducing regional disparities. But as Henry Overman and Steve Gibbons demonstrate, such variation reveals little, especially if we ignore regional differences in the cost of living and availability of local amenities.


CentrePiece 16 (2) Autumn2011 pages: 23-25

For further reading, see SERC Discussion Papers No.60, No.65 and No.74