Pay in manufacturing and finance

My brief for SPERI on what pay across different sectors tells us about economic rebalancing.

This brief considers what levels of pay across different sectors tell us about the experience of economic rebalancing since the financial crisis. In an economy rebalanced towards manufacturing, and away from financial services, we would expect to see the pay gap between these two sectors beginning to close. However, the gap has increased rather than decreased. Furthermore, pay in real estate activities is catching up to pay in manufacturing, further undermining the role of manufacturing in boosting exports and technological dispersion.

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