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Inequality and the Knowledge Economy: Running to Stand Still?

Hudson, J. (2006) Inequality and the Knowledge Economy: Running to Stand Still? Social Policy & Society, 5 (2). pp. 207-222. ISSN 1474-7464

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Central to the Blair government's economic and social policies has been the promotion of a more ‘knowledge-based economy’. However, some commentators have suggested that the knowledge economy stretches income distributions and polarises skilled and unskilled workers. Drawing on empirical data about the UK case to explore such claims, this paper concludes that there is a significant positive correlation between the extent to which a region's economy has become ‘knowledge based’ and its level of income inequality. It argues this finding has important policy relevant implications.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2009 15:41
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2009 15:41
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746405002897
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746405002897
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7470

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