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Earnings Biases in the United Kingdom Regional Accounts: Some Economic Policy and Research Implications

Gavin Cameron and John Muellbauer ()

Economic Journal, 2000, vol. 110, issue 464, F412-29

Abstract: Between the late 1970s and late 1980s, the UK Regional Accounts data suggest a much smaller rise in the South East earnings premium and consequently a much smaller increase in the regional dispersion of earnings than do the other sources of data. We discuss several possible explanations for this discrepancy and conclude it was probably due to problems at the Inland Revenue in allocating tax records across the regions. The historical unreliability of the Regional Accounts has implications for economic research on regional consumption and convergence and may have caused the poorest regions to miss out on EU Structural Funds.

Date: 2000
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