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Finance Sector Wage Growth and the Role of Human Capital

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Joanne Lindley, Steven Mcintosh

Original languageEnglish
JournalOXFORD BULLETIN OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS
Early online date15 Feb 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Feb 2017

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We reveal the pervasiveness of the finance sector pay premium, across all OECD countries, as well as all sub-sectors and occupations within the UK financial sector. Moreover, the UK premium has continued to rise despite the financial crisis. We show that earnings increase faster with value added in certain sub-sectors of finance, compared to the general economy, providing evidence of profit-sharing in these sub-sectors. Other possible explanations, such as workers with higher qualifications or better cognitive skills, or technological change and differing job characteristics, can explain some of the finance sector pay premium, but are not sufficient on their own.

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