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Georg Picot (Fernand Braudel Fellow) gives a talk on Tackling low-wage employment: A comparison of policy approaches across OECD countries, in the Political Economy Working Group

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  • Thu 28 May 2020 16.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-05-28 16:00 2020-05-28 18:00 Europe/Paris Georg Picot (Fernand Braudel Fellow) gives a talk on Tackling low-wage employment: A comparison of policy approaches across OECD countries, in the Political Economy Working Group

POLITICAL ECONOMY WORKING GROUP

The paper is co-authored with Siri Hansen Pedersen, PhD student at the University of Bergen. 

Abstract: The paper compares the different policy approaches by advanced capitalist democracies to low-wage employment. We start from a theoretical framework focussing on state regulation of wages. We then identify the main tools that governments have at their disposal with respect to low-wage employment: (1) statutory minimum wages to set a wage floor by law; (2) supportive regulation of unions and collective bargaining to facilitate wage floors by collective contract; (3) topping up low wages with public benefits (i.e. in-work benefits). We discuss the distinct distributive implications of each of these three tools. Empirically, we construct indexes composed of several indicators for each of the three policies. This allows us to compare how much weight states give to each policy as well as each state’s policy mix. The paper provides a comprehensive, comparative overview of policies to address low-wage employment. 

Georg Picot is professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen and currently Fernand Braudel Fellow at the EUI. He is specialised in comparative welfare state research and comparative political economy. Before Bergen, he worked at the universities of Heidelberg, Oxford, and Manchester. He obtained his PhD in political science at the University of Milan. He has published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, and Socio-Economic Review. He published the monograph Politics of Segmentation: Party Competition and Social Protection with Routledge, and he received the prize for the best publication at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, in 2016. Recently, Georg Picot was awarded a FRIPRO Grant from the Research Council of Norway for his current project on the politics of wage regulation and low-wage employment.

Please contact Jennifer Dari to receive the paper and Zoom link

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POLITICAL ECONOMY WORKING GROUP

The paper is co-authored with Siri Hansen Pedersen, PhD student at the University of Bergen. 

Abstract: The paper compares the different policy approaches by advanced capitalist democracies to low-wage employment. We start from a theoretical framework focussing on state regulation of wages. We then identify the main tools that governments have at their disposal with respect to low-wage employment: (1) statutory minimum wages to set a wage floor by law; (2) supportive regulation of unions and collective bargaining to facilitate wage floors by collective contract; (3) topping up low wages with public benefits (i.e. in-work benefits). We discuss the distinct distributive implications of each of these three tools. Empirically, we construct indexes composed of several indicators for each of the three policies. This allows us to compare how much weight states give to each policy as well as each state’s policy mix. The paper provides a comprehensive, comparative overview of policies to address low-wage employment. 

Georg Picot is professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen and currently Fernand Braudel Fellow at the EUI. He is specialised in comparative welfare state research and comparative political economy. Before Bergen, he worked at the universities of Heidelberg, Oxford, and Manchester. He obtained his PhD in political science at the University of Milan. He has published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, and Socio-Economic Review. He published the monograph Politics of Segmentation: Party Competition and Social Protection with Routledge, and he received the prize for the best publication at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, in 2016. Recently, Georg Picot was awarded a FRIPRO Grant from the Research Council of Norway for his current project on the politics of wage regulation and low-wage employment.

Please contact Jennifer Dari to receive the paper and Zoom link


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Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Dorothee Bohle (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Jasper Paul Simons (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Timo Seidl (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Speaker:
Fernand Braudel Fellow Georg Picot (European University Institute)

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