Wiemer Salverda spoke about In-work Poverty at international conference in Warsaw

Wiemer Salverda contributed a keynote “The household distribution of jobs: Opening up a new perspective on work and poverty in Europe” at the conference Dual labour markets, minimum wage and inequalities on 8–9 October.
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Building on the the chapter Salverda and Haas, “Earnings, Employment and Income Inequality”, published in the GINI book: Salverda, Nolan et al., editors. Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives. Oxford University Press (2014), he showed how a large majority of workers in virtually all EU countries is a member of a two- or more-earner household. One important implication is that low earnings (for low wages and/or low working hours) can be found up to the top of the household income distribution, and may create strong labour market competition for low-skill jobs on different conditions. He advocates introducing an Earned Income Tax Credit in the EU to mend the income problems for low-skill (often single-earner) households, flanked by a minimum wage aimed at preventing that the benefits of the EITC would go to the employers and controlling the cost of such a programme, while also encouraging fairness in the work place and reducing growing income inequality.

The conference was organised by the Polish Institute for Structural Research IBS, as part of the Network for Jobs and Development (NJD) initiative of the World Bank to pursue a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach to the global jobs agenda during the period 2013-16.
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