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Title:How far and for how much? Evidence on wages and potential travel-to-work distances from a survey of the economically inactive PDF Logo
Authors:Latreille, Paul L.
Blackaby, David H.
Murphy, Philip D.
O'Leary, Nigel C.
Sloane, Peter J.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1976
Abstract:The U.K. government has recently committed itself to an ambitious 80 per cent employment rate target. Recognising that achieving this aspiration will require significant numbers of the economically inactive to (re-)engage with the labour market, the government has enacted various policy reforms seeking to encourage those on the fringes of the labour market to do so. The present paper uses unique survey data to examine three factors relevant to these issues, namely the desire to work, minimum acceptable wages and the distance the inactive are prepared to travel to work for a given minimum acceptable wage offer.
Subjects:economic inactivity
reservation wages
travel-to-work distances
JEL:J21
J22
J31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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