Public policy for addressing the low-skills low-wage trap: Insights from business case studies in the Birmingham city-region, UK

Anne Green, Paul Sissons, Kevin Broughton, Amir Qamar

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)333-344
    Number of pages12
    JournalRegional Studies
    Volume55
    Issue number2
    Early online date18 Aug 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

    Bibliographical note

    This 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.

    Funder

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation [grant number APE003 001]

    Keywords

    • Skills
    • Wages
    • Economic performance
    • Business models
    • Low-skills low-wage trap
    • Institutional theory
    • business models
    • skills
    • wages
    • economic performance
    • low-skills low-wage trap
    • institutional theory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)

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