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Low Pay and Earnings Mobility in Europe

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Low Pay and Earnings Mobility in Europe

9781858988542 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Rita Asplund, Research Director, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), Finland, Peter Sloane, Emeritus Professor, Swansea University, UK, Adjunct Professor, Flinders University, Australia and Research Fellow, IZA, Bonn, Germany and Ioannis Theodossiou, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Aberdeen, UK
Publication Date: 1998 ISBN: 978 1 85898 854 2 Extent: 320 pp
The widening earnings dispersion which is developing in European labour markets has had the inevitable consequence of worsening the position of the poorer members of society. This book identifies those individual characteristics which affect upward mobility either by increasing or decreasing the probability of individual workers improving their chances of earning higher wages. The authors, including some of the leading labour economists in Europe, offer a comprehensive European perspective covering a total of thirteen countries. They shed new light on the way in which labour market incentives and institutions affect both the incidence and duration of low-paid employment.

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Is it possible for low-paid workers to obtain higher-paid jobs through upward mobility over time within the earnings distribution? Based on new empirical evidence from a number of European countries, the book focuses on earnings mobility, an issue that is of increasing concern to policymakers and governments throughout the world.

The widening earnings dispersion which is developing in European labour markets has had the inevitable consequence of worsening the position of the poorer members of society. This book identifies those individual characteristics which affect upward mobility either by increasing or decreasing the probability of individual workers improving their chances of earning higher wages. The authors, including some of the leading labour economists in Europe, offer a comprehensive European perspective covering a total of thirteen countries. They shed new light on the way in which labour market incentives and institutions affect both the incidence and duration of low-paid employment.

This book will be of interest to both academics with an interest in labour economics and policy makers throughout Europe.
Critical Acclaim
‘For those interested in how people move through life and how where you are now relates to people’s histories, and especially for those interested in inequality, this book and report are very useful, indeed powerful.’
– Paul Gregg, Work, Employment and Society

‘. . . an important strength of this collection is the diversity of the approaches it presents, which makes it more than the sum of its individual contributions . . . The studies in this volume advance the research agenda, and all of them deserve careful reading and thought.’
– Lori G. Kletzer, Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Contributors
Contributors: M. Arai, R. Asplund, E. Barth, P. Bingley, B. Contini, T. Eriksson, M. Filippi, M. Gregory, R. Jukes, M. Keese, C. Lucifora, A. McKnight, A. Puymoyen, P.J. Sloane, M.B. Stewart, J.K. Swaffield, P. Swaim, I. Theodossiou, R. van Opstal, C. Villosio, R. Waaijers, N. Westergård-Nielsen, G. Wiggers
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Contents: Foreword Introduction: Low Pay and Earnings Mobility 1. Methodological and Econometric Issues in the Measurement of Low Pay and Earnings Mobility Part I: Low-Paid Employment: The Long-Run Horizon 2. Earnings Mobility in the Italian Economy 3. Long-Term Earnings Mobility of Low-Paid Workers in Finland 4. Low-Wage Mobility in a Working-Life Perspective Part II: Low-Paid Employment: The Short-Run Horizon 5. Wage Mobility for Low-Wage Earners in Denmark and Finland 6. An Econometric Analysis of Low Pay and Earnings Mobility in Britain 7. The Earnings Mobility of Low-Paid Workers in Britain Part III: Low-Paid Employment: Some Further Perspectives 8. Low Pay, A Matter of Occupation 9. The Effects of Unemployment on Future Earnings 10. Working Poor? An Analysis of Low-Wage Employment in Italy 11. Wage Growth of Low – and High-Skilled Workers in the Netherlands Part IV: Low-Paid Employment in the OECD Countries: An International Comparison 12. The Incidence and Dynamics of Low-Paid Employment in OECD Countries
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