Januar 2016

IZA DP No. 9633: Low Paid Employment in Britain: Estimating State-Dependence and Stepping Stone Effects

forthcoming Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2017

Using 18 waves of the British Household Panel Study, this paper examines state dependence and stepping stone effects of low pay. A distinguishing feature is that five types of transition- not in the labour force (NILF), unemployment, self-employment, low pay and higher pay are modelled separately. The results show that both state dependence and stepping stone effects of low pay are present. However, there is no evidence to support a low-pay no-pay cycle. The introduction of the national minimum wage does not appear to have affected state-dependence and stepping stone effects of low pay.