The short run elasticity of National Health Service nurses' labour supply in Great Britain

Document type
Working Paper
Crawford, Rowena; Disney, Richard; Emmerson, Carl
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
2 February 2015
IFS Working Paper; W15/04
Health Services, Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This working paper investigates the short run responsiveness of National Health Service (NHS) nurses’ labour supply. It discusses changes in NHS nurses wages relative to wages in outside options available to nurses, utilising the panel data aspect of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.

This research finds the short run responsiveness of NHS nurses’ labour supply to the relative wage of NHS nurses is positive and statistically significant, albeit economically small, in regions outside the London area. In contrast, in the London region, the short run elasticity is much higher. This paper discuss the policy implications of these findings.

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