Why does inequality grow? Can we do something about it?

Coen Teulings, 15 June 2014

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Over the past couple of years, the OECD has highlighted the rapidly widening income dispersion in OECD countries (see e.g. OECD 2008, OECD 2014). The recent publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, gave new impetus to this debate.

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: income inequality, minimum wage, wage-setting

Minimum wages and firm employment: Evidence from China

Yi Huang, Prakash Loungani, Gewei Wang, 16 May 2014

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The impact of the minimum wage on employment is a polarising issue in ‘advanced’ – the term commonly used for ‘high-income’ – economies.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: China, minimum wage

Minimum wages: the effects on employment and labour-force turnover

Pierre Brochu, David A Green, 22 January 2014

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On 14 January 2014 a group of 75 economists, including seven Nobel laureates, released a letter calling for an increase in the US minimum wage (Woellert 2014). At the same time, George Osborne, the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK, has called for the minimum wage in that country to rise by more than the rate of inflation this year (BBC 2014).

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: employment, Labour Markets, minimum wage

The minimum wage and employment dynamics

Jonathan Meer, Jeremy West, 10 September 2013

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The minimum wage remains one of the most controversial policies in both the public discourse and labour economics. The recent proposal by President Obama to raise the federal minimum wage has brought this issue to the fore once again (see Aaronson and French 2013).

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: minimum wage, US

Spending, income, and debt responses to minimum-wage hikes

Daniel Aaronson, Eric French, 6 March 2013

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Topics: Labour markets
Tags: minimum wage

Minimum wages, maximum wages, and the level of economic discourse in Germany

Michael Burda, 28 January 2008

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This article is available in English at Vox’s partner site Telos.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: Germany, maximum wage, minimum wage

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