Public Sector Pay in the UK: Quantifying the Impact of the Review Bodies

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Peter Dolton

University of Sussex

Gerry Makepeace

Cardiff University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Oscar Marcenaro‐Gutierrez

University of Malaga

Date Written: December 2015

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of the UK Public Sector Pay Review Bodies (PRBs) on the pay of their remit groups comparing the real weekly earnings of workers using ASHE and LFS data from 1993 to 2007 for 10 occupational subgroups. Using consecutive difference‐in‐differences we can identify whether the PRBs have had an impact by comparing the differences in pay for different occupations in successive time periods. Our examination of the annual changes in differentials suggest that the PRBs may have had relatively little systematic impact on earnings over and above that observed for comparable individuals working elsewhere in the public sector.

Suggested Citation

Dolton, Peter and Makepeace, Gerald H and Marcenaro‐Gutierrez, Oscar, Public Sector Pay in the UK: Quantifying the Impact of the Review Bodies (December 2015). The Manchester School, Vol. 83, Issue 6, pp. 701-724, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2665845 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/manc.12081

Peter Dolton (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
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United Kingdom

Gerald H Makepeace

Cardiff University ( email )

Economics Section
Cardiff Business School
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Oscar Marcenaro‐Gutierrez

University of Malaga

Malaga, 29004
Spain

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