Employment in the Lean Years: Policy and Prospects for the Next Decade

Paperback | August 9, 2011

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Over the last fifteen years, the deregulation of Britain's labour market has led to economic growth, employment opportunities, and a more diverse workforce: the 'fat years'. However, now as Britain faces its lean years with job cuts, rising unemployment, income insecurity, and related socialstrains, how can and should the government and key labour market policy makers ensure the labour market provides job opportunities and reasonable levels of social justice? The fundamental changes that have occurred in labour market institutions mean that 'solutions' of previous decades no longer work. This volume sets out to address the major challenges faced: - Unemployment, immigration, housing and job subsidies- Key institutional changes, such as the decline of collective regulation, rise of occupational licensing, and the National Minimum Wage- Pay and subsidies in the private and public sectorContributions from leading experts in the field employ the latest theory and empirical research to examine a different set of problems and the policies that could help to resolve them.

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Over the last fifteen years, the deregulation of Britain's labour market has led to economic growth, employment opportunities, and a more diverse workforce: the 'fat years'. However, now as Britain faces its lean years with job cuts, rising unemployment, income insecurity, and related socialstrains, how can and should the government a...

David Marsden is Professor of Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics, and a member of the Centre for Economic Performance. He has carried out extensive research on labour markets and human resources in Europe, and has advised many public bodies including the European Commission, the ILO and the OECD as well as in Brita...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:August 9, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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0. Richard Layard: Preface1. David Marsden: IntroductionPart I: Employment, Immigration, and Housing2. Stephen Nickell: The European Unemployment Challenge3. Jonathan Wadsworth: Immigration and the UK Labour Market4. Christine M.E. Whitehead: Migration and its Impact on Housing Costs5. Paul Gregg: Job Guarantees for the Unemployed: Evidence and Design6. William Brown and David Marsden: Individualization and Growing Diversity of Employment Relationships7. Amy Humphris, Morris M. Kleiner, and Maria Koumenta: How Does Government Regulate Occupations in the UK and US? Issues and Policy ImplicationsPart II: Low Pay and Minimum Wages8. Sue Fernie: Occupational Licensing in the UK: the Case of the Private Security Industry9. Mark B. Stewart: The National Minimum Wage after a Decade10. Alan Manning: Minimum Wages and Wage Inequality11. Stephen Machin: Changing Wage Structures: Trends and Explanations12. Anna Vignoles: Education, Training, Skills, and an International PerspectivePart III: Pay and Incentives in the Public and Private Sectors13. John Roberts: Weak Incentives: When and Why14. Maria Koumenta: Modernization, Privatization, and the Public Service Ethos in the UK15. Richard Disney: The Future of Public Sector Pay in the United Kingdom16. A. N. Other: At the Public Convenience?: How Should We Set Public Sector Pay and How Should We Change it?