AIAS Lunch Seminar 22 oktober Maarten van Klaveren - AIAS-University of Amsterdam

‘Minimum wages, collective bargaining and economic development in Asia and Europe: highlights from a new book’

Maarten van Klaveren

Day: Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 4th floor Gijsbert van Tienhoven building, room 4.09, Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB (NEW LOCATION!)
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 21 October, 12.00 hrs. to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


Well-designed minimum wages, set by law or by tripartite agreement, can act as an effective shield for the low-paid, also in the economic crisis. They redistribute earnings to the lower paid and add to wage equality, but their potential to boost private demand and combat gender-based pay discrimination should not be underestimated either. Such minimum wages support balanced wage- or demand-led economic development, contrasting with the export-led strategies of leading countries that may ultimately lead to a ‘race to the bottom’. These are major conclusions from a book volume published by Palgrave Macmillan, edited by AIAS researcher Maarten van Klaveren jointly with Denis Gregory and Thorsten Schulten, and entitled Minimum Wages, Collective Bargaining and Economic Development in Asia and Europe. A Labour Perspective. The volume is a product of the Asian-European Labour Forum (AELF), a network of labour-oriented research institutes and researchers in which AIAS participates. It includes two comparative chapters on Asia and Europe, eight on Asian countries and eight on European (groups of) countries. Copies of the new book have already been spread widely among AELF participants.

Bio Maarten van Klaveren

Maarten van Klaveren studied economics at the University of Amsterdam. During his study he started working for the Dutch trade union movement. He did so in various capacities, as a statistician (1969-71), as a researcher at the joint research institute of the (then) three main union confederations (SWOV, 1971-75) and as researcher and co-ordinator of the research department of the FNV union confederation (1976-86). In 1985, Maarten was a co-founder of STZ consultancy & research, a partnership / employee consultancy, in which he took part until the end of 2014. As a consultant for works councils, he was involved in over 20 large-scale change processes in Dutch firms, notably in the transport and food industries and in banking and insurance. Based at STZ and jointly with Wiemer Salverda, he led the Dutch research part of the Low-wage Work in Europe project for the Russell Sage Foundation (N.Y., 2003-2008); in this project he also coordinated the European retail industry studies.
From 2004 on, Maarten has also been employed (part-time) at the AIAS, as a conference organizer and senior researcher. In 2004 and 2007 he was the main organiser of the International Labour Process Conference (ILPC) when that conference was held in Amsterdam. At the AIAS, he has participated in the DFL, WIBAR1, WIBAR2, WISUTIL and WICARE projects, undertaking research (largely) based on data from the continuous WageIndicator web-survey.
Over the years, Maarten’s research interests have addressed the social aspects of globalization, multinational enterprises and global value chains; organizational change and employee participation; quality of work and skills development, income inequality and low-wage work, and the gender pay gap. Based on research on these issues, he published over 200 books, articles and book chapters. His recent publications include (with Kea Tijdens) Empowering Women in Work in Developing Countries (2012, Palgrave Macmillan) and (with Kea Tijdens and Denis Gregory) Multinational Companies and Domestic Firms in Europe: Comparing wages, working conditions and industrial relations (2013, Palgrave Macmillan). Most recently, he (co)wrote five chapters for and edited (with Denis Gregory and Thorsten Schulten) Minimum Wages, Collective Bargaining and Economic Development in Asia and Europe. A Labour Perspective (2015, Palgrave Macmillan). Currently, at the AIAS Maarten is leading the WIBAR3 research project, exploring the possibilities of multi-employer bargaining in five sectors and 23 EU member states.

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