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The Minimum Wage Revisited in the Enlarged EU

Edited by Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, Senior Economist, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland and Professor, Sciences Po, Paris, France
This book provides in-depth and innovative analysis of the minimum wage in Europe. The authors explore its role and scope within the enlarged EU, and address the question of whether there should be harmonization between the individual member states or even a common EU minimum wage. They also examine the impact of the minimum wage at the national level, looking at trends and effects through case studies of specific policy issues and industrial sectors.
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Extent: 552 pp
Hardback Price: £123.00 Web: £110.70
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84980 015 0
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This book provides in-depth and innovative analysis of the minimum wage in Europe. The authors explore its role and scope within the enlarged EU, and address the question of whether there should be harmonization between the individual member states or even a common EU minimum wage. They also examine the impact of the minimum wage at the national level, looking at trends and effects through case studies of specific policy issues and industrial sectors.

Minimum wage fixing has returned quite prominently to the core of policy debates as evidenced by the adoption of a statutory minimum wage in Ireland and the UK, a minimum wage agreement in Austria and the ongoing discussions in Germany and Sweden. Proposals to have common rules at the EU level have also multiplied since enlargement, in particular to minimize ‘social dumping’ and allow increased transnational mobility. This book assesses the renewed interest in the minimum wage in Europe, identifying the concrete effects of minimum wage fixing on employment, low pay, wage disparity, collective bargaining and migration.

Bringing together 15 national studies from noted European specialists in the field, this timely collection aims to stimulate the current debate. It will appeal to academics, students, researchers and policymakers working in labour economics in particular, and European studies more generally.
‘A body of impressive and insightful scholarship, The Minimum Wage Revisited in the Enlarged EU is strongly recommended as a seminal addition to academic library economic studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.’
– The Midwest Book Review
Contributors: G. Bosch, S. Erdogdu, E. Fotoniata, J. Gautié, D. Grimshaw, T. Kalina, J. Köll?, K. Krillo, J. Masso, T. Moutos, D. Nesti?, B. Nolan, P. Skedinger, W. Salverda, V. Tzanov, D. Vaughan-Whitehead, J. Wallusch
Contents:

1. Minimum Wage Revival in the Enlarged EU: Explanatory Factors and Developments
Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead

2. Bulgaria: A Shift in Minimum Wage Policy
Vassil Tzanov

3. Croatia: Moving Towards a More Active Minimum Wage Policy
Danijel Nesti?

4. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: Minimum Wages in a Context of Migration and Labour Shortages
Jaan Masso and Kerly Krillo

5. France: Towards the End of an Active Minimum Wage Policy?
Jérôme Gautié

6. Germany: What Role for Minimum Wages on Low-wage Work?
Gerhard Bosch and Thorsten Kalina

7. Greece: Neglect and Resurgence of Minimum Wage Policy
Eugenia Fotoniata and Thomas Moutos

8. Hungary: The Consequences of Doubling the Minimum Wage
János Köll?

9. Ireland: A Successful Minimum Wage Implementation?
Brian Nolan

10. The Netherlands: Minimum Wage Fall Shifts Focus to Part-time Jobs
Wiemer Salverda

11. Poland: Minimum Wage, Employment and Labour Migration
Jacek Wallusch

12. Sweden: A Minimum Wage Model in Need of Modification
Per Skedinger

13. Turkey: Minimum Wage in Tension between Economic and Social Concerns
Seyhan Erdogdu

14. United Kingdom: Developing a Progressive Minimum Wage in a Liberal Market Economy
Damian Grimshaw

15. Towards an EU Minimum Wage Policy?
Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead

Index