Living Wages Around the World

Manual for Measurement

Richard Anker, Senior Research Fellow, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, formerly with the International Labour Organization and Martha Anker, Independent Researcher, formerly of the World Health Organization and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US

This manual describes a new methodology to measure a decent but basic standard of living in different countries and how much workers need to earn to afford this, making it possible for researchers to estimate comparable living wages around the world and determine gaps between living wages and prevailing wages, even in countries with limited secondary data.

‘The manual could serve as the basis for an applied masters course in Development Economics. It belongs on the shelf of every development practitioner, where it would sit confidently alongside classics like Gittinger’s (1982) Economic Analysis of Agricultural Projects.’
– African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

‘Anker and Anker have delivered a substantial, practically-minded resource for helping to establish living wage standards in nations and regions across the world, and which should be of vital interest to all those interested and engaged in this battle as it continues to advance.’
– British Journal of Industrial Relalions

‘This book is a substantial achievement, and evidence of a research project with the potential to make a real difference to the world.’
– Citizen’s Income Newsletter

‘Overall, Living Wages around the World: Manual for Measurement looks set to become a well-thumbed reference guide for researchers, governments/policy analysts, international organisations, NGOs and community groups interested in a deeper understanding of living wage standards and policies. This book is likely to stoke a developing and important dialogue over what constitutes equitable, meaningful and relevant pay around the globe.’
– Labour & Industry

2017 392 pp Paperback 978 1 78643 147 9 £31.95 £25.56 $52.95 $42.36
2017 392 pp Hardback 978 1 78643 145 5 £110.00 £99.00 $160.00 $144.00

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