Geographically differentiated pay in the labour market for nurses

Robert F. Elliott, Ada H.Y. Ma, Anthony Scott, David Bell, Elizabeth Roberts

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This novel application of spatial wage theory to health service labour markets analyses the competitiveness of nurse's pay and how this differs between local labour markets in Britain. A switching regression model is estimated to derive standardised spatial wage differentials (SSWDs) for nurses and their comparators. An SSWD gap is constructed and its relationship to vacancies estimated. A reduction in the gap in a local area is shown to result in an increase in the long-term vacancy rate for National Health Service (NHS) nurses. The competitiveness of nursing pay is shown to have a strong effect on the ability of the NHS to attract and retain nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-212
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Nurses
  • Spatial wage differentials
  • Vacancies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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