The Living Wage

August 1, 2017|
The Living Wage by Donald Hirsch
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The "living wage" is an old idea that has experienced a dramatic resurgence of political popularity in recent years. The underlying logic of the concept is quite clear: it is a wage that provides workers with enough income to live on at some level considered adequate. However, in practice the term has become blurred with that of the "minimum wage" and in its implementation it has lacked a consistent meaning despite being widely used as a campaigning slogan.

This short primer traces the origins of the concept of the living wage and seeks to explain the current rise in its fortunes as an economic instrument with a social objective. It examines its impact on labor markets and wage levels, explores how it has been applied, and assesses whether it is an effective measure for raising living standards. Drawing on case studies from France, the Netherlands, the USA, and the UK, The Living Wage offers a broad-ranging analysis of the debates, policy developments and limitations of wage floors in developed economies and will appeal to a wide readership in economics, public policy and sociology, as well as those working in non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

Donald Hirsch is professor of social policy and director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. He developed the calculation of the UK Living Wage accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.Laura Valadez-Martinez is a research associate in the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough Universit...
Title:The Living Wage
Product dimensions:176 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0 in
Published:August 1, 2017
Publisher:Agenda Publishing
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781911116462

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