Stemming the tide : what have European Union countries done to support low-wage workers in an era of downward wage pressures?

TitleStemming the tide : what have European Union countries done to support low-wage workers in an era of downward wage pressures?
Publication TypeOther Journal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMarchal, S., & Marx I.
JournalJournal of European social policy
Pagination16 p.
ISSNNone
Abstract

Governments across the European Union (EU) have been striving to get more people into work while at the same time acknowledging that more needs to be done to make work pay. Yet this drive comes at a time when structural economic shifts are putting pressure on wages, especially of less skilled workers. This article focuses on trends in minimum wages, income taxes and work-related benefits within a selection of 15 EU countries, for the period 20012012, with three US states included as reference cases. We find evidence for eroding relative minimum wages in various EU countries, yet combined with catch-up growth in the new member states. We also find that governments counteracted eroding minimum wages through direct income support measures, especially for lone parents. Most prevalent among these were substantial declines in income tax liabilities.

URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/10067/1439970151162165141
DOIdoi:10.1177/0958928717704747
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