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)(In-press)
JournalRegional Studies
Volume(In-press)
Early online date18 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Aug 2020

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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