Investigating the Sectoral and Regional Effects of the 2003 and 2004 National Minimum Wage Upratings

Blake N, Burrell A, Goodwin A (Experian), Jagger N (IES) |   | Low Pay Commission | Jan 2007

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This report looks behind the aggregate responses to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to establish if there are specific regional and sector impacts.

The hypothesis is that the nature of the NMW (a minimum rate that prevails in any part of the country) could have different effects on regions and sectors with very different wage distributions.

It is the first study to focus on industries within regions and to look at both the introduction and the subsequent NMW upratings in an integrated framework.