The idea that some local areas are characterised by a low-skills equilibrium trap is prominent in academic and policy debates in the Global North. Factors shaping this position and associated implications for local economic development are only partially understood. This article provides new evidence examining employers’ decision-making around investment and workforce management in the hospitality and retail sectors in the Birmingham city-region, UK, and their experience of the low-skills low-wage trap. The findings highlight intersecting sectoral and place-based factors in the emergence of, and barriers to escape from, this position. Responses require policy actions at firm, local and national level.
|Number of pages||12|
|Early online date||18 Aug 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2021|
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Regional Studies, 'Public policy for addressing the low-skills low-wage trap: Insights from business case studies in the Birmingham city-region, UK', Regional Studies, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 333-344. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
FunderJoseph Rowntree Foundation [grant number APE003 001]
- Economic performance
- Business models
- Low-skills low-wage trap
- Institutional theory
- business models
- economic performance
- low-skills low-wage trap
- institutional theory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)
- Social Sciences(all)
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