Labour Market Inequalities: Problems and Policies of Low-Wage Employment in International…

Hardcover | November 1, 2000

EditorMary Gregory, Wiemer Salverda, Stephen Bazen

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Low-skilled workers face a future of joblessness or low-wage, insecure employment as technological change and globalization impact on the advanced economies. 'The European social model' of collective bargaining, minimum wages, employment rights, and social welfare support is alternately citedas both cause and cure. The contributions to this book review the evidence and find that, while the European model cannot remedy adverse global trends affecting low-skilled workers, it does achieve significant success in moderating them. Collective bargaining and wage regulation reduce the incidenceof low pay. Minimum wages at prevailing levels provide significant wage protection for more vulnerable workers, without substantial job losses. The significant 'jobs deficit' of Germany relative to the USA in low-wage services is not the outcome of excessively high German wages. Conversely, relianceon wage flexibility to create jobs for the low-skilled does not emerge as economically effective, and can no longer be regarded as the simple panacea.

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Low-skilled workers face a future of joblessness or low-wage, insecure employment as technological change and globalization impact on the advanced economies. 'The European social model' of collective bargaining, minimum wages, employment rights, and social welfare support is alternately citedas both cause and cure. The contributions to...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199241699

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Mary Gregory, Wiemer Salverda, and Stephen Bazen: Introduction1. Claudio Lucifora: Wage inequalities and low pay: the role of labour market institutions2. Andrew Glyn and Wiemer Salverda: Employment inequalities3. Rita Asplund and Inga Persson: Low pay - a special affliction of women4. Peter Sloane and Ioannis Theodossiou: Earnings mobility of the low-paid5. Brian Nolan and Ive Marx: Low pay and household poverty6. Stephen Bazen: Minimum wages and low-wage employment7. Francis Kramarz: The French experience of youth employment programmes and payroll tax exemptions8. Richard Freeman and Ronald Schettkat: Low-wage services: interpreting the US-German difference9. Mary Gregory and Stephen Machin: The downside of trade or technological change? Explaining the deteriorating employment and wage position of the low-skilled10. Lex Borghans and Andries de Grip: Skills and low pay: upgrading or over-education?